All you who live in Chicago need to get to Millennium Park either this evening (at 6.30) or tomorrow (7.30) for Elgar's Dream of Gerontius. Apart from the considerable beauty and the power to move of the piece itself, there are two central singing performances which we are fortunate to have here in Chicago this weekend.
Allyson McHardy's Angel is seriously special. She was Hermia in COT's Midsummer Night's Dream in 2005. And she was promising then. She is now a major artist and her performance, on the evidence of the rehearsal this morning, will be something to be cherished. Wonderful singing. And her Gerontius, John McMaster, is another formidable Canadian tenor, in the tradition of Edward Johnson, Jon Vickers and Ben Heppner. How good it is to hear this sung by a true spinto. Its not that it is better, just different. And thrilling in the hands and voice of John.
I will return tomorrow evening for as much of the performance as I can. And you must all be there too.