On my way to the airport – Stockholm city snapshot. I do sense an overall theme here!
It was a pretty mezzo city these days, too, since apparently von Otter was in residence, Ann Hallenberg sang yesterday for Cecilia Bartoli being awarded the Polar Prize at Konserthuset, and Ernman continues to be a poster girl, not just for Grade A ally status, but also regarding her new album, “Sverige”.
Many good reasons to go back, plus next season’s program at Stockholm opera has “Le nozze di Figaro” with Camilla Tilling as Countess (yes please!!) and Johanna Rundström as Cherubino, “Jenufa” and “Ballo in maschera”, which generally means at least one soprano in trousers.
Also, next summer for Pride, you can get a rainbow-opera drop-in wedding in the opera house, if I understood correctly. At least if one of you is Swedish. Amazing. and on that note: thank you, Sweden, for making me feel – in a week tainted with so much grief for the queer community – welcome and appreciated.