How did the superstars of the opera world spend the last full week of January?
For Aida Garifulina it was a week of major milestones as the soprano not only got to sing alongside Juan Diego Flórez in “Roméo et Juliette” with Plácido Domingo in the pit, but she got to present her first solo album in Vienna.
Rolando Villazón was at the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg to reveal himself as an ambassador for the composer. He is currently committed to recording all of the great composer’s works with Yannick Nézet-Séguin for Deutsche Grammophon.
Listening to Mozart leads us to the mysteriously clear soul of the music itself and opens doors, wounds, and paths in our own complex human soul. It is the greatest honor for me to be a Mozart ambassador for @StiftungMozarteum and thus to have the pleasure of bringing the life and work, the deep, grand and sparkling world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart closer to others. (📷: Wolfgang Lienbacher)
Of course of the big talking points from the last week was the Presidential inauguration in the United States and the Women’s Walk for Freedom that took the world by storm. Many of opera’s greatest stars participated in the venture.
Jamie Barton participated in New York’s iteration of the march and left supporters a message.
Ailyn Pérez was also in New York and showed off a single still image to commemorate her participation.
Christine Goerke was in Toronto and put together a collage of images from the event, including one featuring a well-known cinematic heroine proclaiming that “Women’s Place is in the resistance.”
From Chicago, Mezzo soprano Elizabeth DeShong showcased a series of images on her Instagram page, including one with rather salty language.
And finally Anna Netrebko, who never seems to have a dull moment, showed off her costumes for the upcoming “Il Trovatore” in Vienna.
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