Another week gone! And the highlight was 48 hours in glorious Suffolk, in Orford with all its associations with the world of Benjamin Britten. Of course two days is never long enough but I will be back in June for another four days during the Aldeburgh Festival and hope to get to the Snape Proms in August. So many are the pleasures of musical life in an English summer. Next up is Garsington, and then Glyndebourne.
And if you get to Aldeburgh and need a simple, and simply delicious, lunch try out the Lighthouse.
Before leaving for Suffolk I was at the new George Benjamin piece at the Royal Opera House - Lessons in Love and Violence. It is a co-production with Dutch National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Opéra de Lyon, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, and Teatro Real, Madrid so there should be plenty of opportunity to catch up with it. I was in an uncomfortable seat with restricted view in the upper reaches of the house. My mistake! I will try to get to it again - but only as long as the remarkable Barbara Hannigan is in the cast. Another exceptional outing from her.......
I am in Berlin tomorrow for the Neue Stimmen winners concert. This is always a spring highlight, meeting up again with the Bertelsmann family and remembering the fun we had last October. All three mezzo prize winners will be there.