I do hope you have all
managed to keep well throughout this wretched year. There hasnít
been a lot to report: the weather has been miserable and this
whole Covid business has been frightening us for far too long.
It is so good to be able to go to concerts again and to see real
live opera performances, but it isnít yet the kind of life we
were lucky enough to enjoy before 2020.
However, I am
taking my courage in both hands and travelling to Munich in
September- indeed next week- for the ARD Competition, and then
to Paris and Provence in October. I canít quite believe it: it
will be the first outing for my British passportÖ.
garden has been a source of delight once again, and quite
different from last year because of all the rain. The grass is
green and the roses are still flowering. My sweet peas were a
triumph and are still blooming. The birds and wasps and mice and squirrels have eaten all the apples, but theyíve left us some
pears and some figs for which we're grateful. All the shrubs and
all the weeds have grown to ridiculous proportions so thereís
plenty of demolition work to do- I like that because I canít get
it too badly wrong and upset the gardener (my
Here come some photos,
and perhaps I shall see some of you somewhere this year or next.
With very best wishes,
faut de l'amour"
Buchet / Chastel
Olivier Bellamy, a French
journalist with a daily programme on Radio Classique, who has
written books about Martha Argerich and Teresa Berganza, has written
a book with me/about me: Il nous faut de líamour, published by
Buchet Chastel. It is in French!
It seems very self-indulgent
to have written a book about my career and life- it wasnít my idea!
But after spending hours looking back and remembering people and
events, I feel very fortunate and very privileged. Iíve worked with
some wonderful people and made some very good friends. Several
people should have received credits in the book, which suddenly came
out very quickly after being in the pipeline for a couple of years.
Without all the work done by Marina Lewandowski on this website, it
would have been impossible to publish a discography. And special
thanks are due to my friend Sue Jones and her husband Paul, for
putting all my performances on to a database from which we could
extract a list of operas, colleagues and conductors. My agent,
Robert Rattray, who looked after me all my performing life until he
vanished across the Pond, should have a chapter to himself for being
a very caring, shrewd and wise Manager, steering me through some
choppy waters. And my family has been endlessly patient and
supportive. I apologise if this sounds as though Iíve won an Oscar;
I couldnít really be more surprised if I had! Felicity
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