Here is a clip from Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House. It’s been quite an experience - meaning that in the best possible way!
I already had the privilege to work with Antonio Pappano in the past, but this time it’s been so very different - again, in a really positive way. We’ve worked a lot on the development of the character of Procida, and Sir Tony has encouraged me and everyone else in the production with all his knowledge, his passion and heart: he feels the music of Verdi like not many other people I know. My gratitude, my humblest THANKS go to him, to my colleagues on stage, the chorus, the ballet, to the orchestra musicians, to Stefan Herheim, Gesine Voellm, Philipp Fürhofer and André de Jong, to Kasper Holten, to the tech department, to the costume and makeup departments, basically to everyone at the Royal Opera House (and sorry if I forgot to mention any of you, you are ALL great!), because they always make working there a wonderful experience for me.
And THANK YOU to the Little BIG Black Dress, of course!.;-)
I’ll miss Monsieur Procide (whom, during this run of Les Vêpres Siciliennes, ended up living a life of his own, often even replying to people on my Twitter account… He’s like that, he’s just like that. ;-)), and I’m looking forward to singing more and more Verdi in the future.
Last but not least, THANK YOU to all the people who attended Les Vêpres here in London at the Royal Opera, and to those all over the world who watched it live at the cinema: I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed performing it for you. :-)