During the last week I have felt somewhat consumed by auditions for the Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project, a programme that I have been delighted to help with for my friends and colleagues Evamaria Wieser and Adrian Kelly. We have had auditions at the National Opera Studio, Adrian has worked with singers at the Guildhall School, and further auditions have taken place at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and at ENO where the Harewood programme has some outstanding young singers.
It has been a fruitful week - any singer chosen to join this programme will gain a hugely important launching platform, quite apart from the inspiration they will get from spending 8 weeks in the heart of Europe at the Salzburg Festival. Some really excellent candidates were identified!
However I also spent some time at the RCM for a performance of The Cunning Little Vixen. It was directed by Daniel Slater who was responsible for the excellent Garsington Vixen in 2014. Of course it was somewhat stripped down in scale for the Britten Theatre and indeed had a different design team so it was in no way a re-caboodle! However it was an enjoyable evening with this gorgeous work with handsome performances from the Fox and Vixen, Ida Ränzlöv and Harriet Eyley. And there was a splendid array of the best of the young singers studying at the RCM in the huge number of roles in all shapes and sizes!
There are two more performances tomorrow and on Saturday. If you love this work as much as I do take this opportunity - you will not be disappointed.
I am looking out of my window onto Battersea Park - it seems to be snowing!