[Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding: Kiri Te Kanawa’s last Marschallin, Opera Cologne 2009/10. – Photo Credit: Opera Cologne, Season 2011/12 program book]
While I was collecting the material for the most recent White Shirt Monday on Adriana Bastidas Gamboa’s Rinaldo, I stumbled upon this photo and have to confess I was nearly moved to tears.
I knew that Te Kanawa sang one last Marschallin in Cologne last season, but I hadn’t seen photos of it. To see such an iconic singer say farewell to such an iconic role of hers is much like the 1st act monologue, even if on another level.
And just look at the photo (click to enlarge)! – I still find her stunning. Then again, I was the scrawny teen who went to school with a writing folder decorated like this (no, I’m not actually posting this here):
Finding this Rosenkavalier photo really has been a trip down Memory Lane for me. I think I need to draw out the 1982 DVD for dinner tonight! And possibly also the Covent Garden one with Howells, and the Ponnelle “Figaro” with Freni and Ewing.