The last night in Stockholm before I leave for the premiere in Malmö…
I’ve seen so many gifted and talented people working with Ariel’s and my œvre during these last weeks. I’ve seen three wonderful soloists, dramatic soprano Erika (Paulina), baritone Fredrik (Gerardo) and lyric tenor Joseph (Miranda), whom all have transformed my wooden tones and poor musical thoughts into pure gold. I’ve seen Bengt, the set designer’s, marvelous musical set, I’ve seen Annsofi’s magic costumes and visionary thoughts of Thorsten’s light design, as well as Lotta’s ingenious choreography, but last-but-not-least the visions of my fellow and friend Stage Director Åsa’s concept of this performance.
I’ve again met the hard-working, skilled loyalty and musical friendship from conductor Thomas and co-conductor Andreas and their “batons”, as well as from the coaches Elena and Malin together with the whole orchestra and choir of the Malmö Opera. Behind the stage and in the “back-office” I’ve enjoyed such a level of enthusiasm and loyalty among all of you “men and women” so I almost couldn’t keep me from false quoting broadcasted Gerardo in the beginning of the show by saying like: “Our opera now has a unique chance to achieve reconciliation, that’s what they need to remember” but that would be a nasty thing to say…
Instead I shout, No… - beg, plead: - Go for it, you lot! I love you all!
P.S. In May I learned to know about the astonishing pictures of the Guatemalan photographer Luis Gonzalez Palma. Now one of his characteristically sepia toned pictures adorns the poster of our show. It’s called “La Rosa” and here it is: