I used to be born through the Soviet interval, when Russian and Soviet tradition have been imposed on us, however I prefer to learn, and did my very own analysis. I got here throughout nice names like Joseph Roth, Paul Celan and Stanislaw Lem, the Polish science- fiction author who was born in Lviv.
I additionally found that Leonard Bernstein’s mother and father have been from Rovno, 100 kilometers from Brody, the place I used to be born. Brody was as soon as often called “the Jerusalem of Austria,” and there are nonetheless the ruins of a synagogue destroyed within the Second World Struggle, which reminds us of the previous in a really robust means. In 2019, I carried out a particular live performance there in reminiscence of Joseph Roth, and we performed Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony.
Do you sing your self?
I began with piano. Then I performed flute, studied violin a bit, after which I studied singing. I’ve a excessive soprano voice, and I actually appreciated singing in a choir. After I was younger, I thought of being a choir director like my father, however then orchestra conducting prevailed. The sound of an orchestra fascinated me.
What do you do earlier than a efficiency? Do you’ve any habits or superstitions?
It is crucial for me to have a espresso and one thing candy, however I don’t actually have another wants. A very powerful factor for me is inspiration. I depend on discovering out a lot in regards to the composers beforehand that I really feel I do know them personally, that they’re virtually my pals.
Do you sense resistance to feminine conductors as we speak?
Within the final 15 years, every thing has modified loads. I don’t really feel any hostility; the truth is, simply the alternative. There’s a whole lot of curiosity and assist: from the general public, from orchestras, from managers and from the critics. Subsequent season, I’ve some nice issues deliberate: In November, I’ll have my debut at Covent Backyard in London with “Tosca,” and subsequent Might I’ll have my first live performance with the Berlin Philharmonic, a Stravinsky program.
How is the pandemic affecting Bayreuth this 12 months?
Through the pandemic, I’ve needed to take care of each type of state of affairs. In Frankfurt, we did an entire “I Puritani” with solely 19 musicians within the orchestra pit. Now in Bayreuth, we’re taking part in with a full orchestra, however we have now two groupings; I rehearse with each in case one thing occurs. Now we have 140 folks within the refrain, and they’re divided. Seventy are in a particular room and their singing is broadcast into the theater, and the opposite 70 are onstage, like extras, however they will’t sing a observe for security causes — although they’re meant to react the entire time as in the event that they’re singing.
Are you vaccinated?
No, I’ve not but been vaccinated, although I plan to. However we have now PCR assessments day-after-day. And I don’t meet anyone or go wherever — besides rehearsal.