Monday, 21 June 2010

Polishing gemstones - Royal Opera House Young Artists

“We are like rocks”, says Simona Mihai, the young Romanian soprano, about the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House. “They are like jewellers. They grind us and shape us, so we are being polished. Stage by stage, we’re being worked on, so we can sparkle, like gems”.

“This is the most incredible opportunity” says Kai Rüütel, the Estonian mezzo soprano just at the end of the first year of the scheme. “Never in my wildest dreams could I ever have hoped for something as good as this!”

Read why Simona and Kai are so enthusiastic in this interview with them about the Royal Opera House's Young Artists Programme in Opera Today. Both of them are vivacious, bubbling with happiness. Cheerfulness spreads. I had a great time, so maybe it'll brighten your day too, to  read the article. Simona and Kai will be singing Pousette and Rosette in Massenet's Manon starting Tuesday 22nd June. Simona Mihai is covering Anna Netrebko, no less. "It's wonderful working with her". This is an inside story about how it feels to be behind the scenes in an opera house, working towards a production.
Here's a link to a fanblog on Simona Mihai

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