Post by Mike Scott Rohan Post by Herman van der Woude
Moving is a dangerous job, Mike! Astrid and I do hope that your
recovery will be complete and soon. All best wishes to you and Deb.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Herman van der Woude
Thanks to you all for your good wishes! At least they've stopped the
antibiotics today, which were making me feel awful in themselves, so it's just
a matter of healing. And it did give me the chance to watch the rest of Opera
North's Ring, albeit slightly spaced out ( me, that is). I do agree with many
listeners that the casting in particular is very mixed, but it's amazing that
they found so many choices for these roles. Opera North is really a small,
provincial company, with a budget that seems minuscule alongside most German
or even American local companies, and it can't afford to hire many of the big
guns. I lived more or less alongside it for ten years, even could have ended
up working there, and the standards it has kept up are impressive. I still
remember a Boris Godunov with native son Sir John Tomlinson, and Verdi's
Atilla, likewise, both among the most living, vivid performances I've seen
anywhere. I see something of that in the Ring, though less perfect, with more
inner life than a lot of what crosses my desk, from Bayreuth to the Kirov --
and they can also come royally unstuck. And some individual singers, such as
Lars Cleveman and Kathleen Broderick (amazingly like Rita Hunter, if slightly
less incisive vocally), I'd gladly hear again soon.
Anyhow, all best!
Antibiotics tend to wipe out intestinal flora. To reestablish friendly
probiotics for a couple of days.