Joseph Kaiser (Œdipus) and Willard White (Creon / Tiresias / Messenger)
Peter Sellars is a timeless hero and it is remarkable how he has endured undimmed thirty years after we brought him to Glyndebourne. Someone has discovered the secret of eternal youth in both body and mind! And here he was again in London on Thursday for a performance of the Aix-en-Provence Festival's Stravinsky Double Bill that was a star turn this past July.
In addition to Peter, other old friends involved in this adventure included Joseph Kaiser in the title role. There are so many happy memories of his Bénédict in Chicago in 2007, and his Diary of the One who Disappeared. He is the ideal combo - a Canadian living in Chicago! And we had another Glyndebourne memory from 30 years ago who also endures - Willard White, our Porgy in that historic Glyndebourne production in 1986. So it as an evening of good memories - and by the way it was a stunning evening played to what eventually appeared to be a full enthusiastic house for the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Another great London evening of music making at the highest level.
Next week is "Meet the Artists Week" for the Royal Opera's Jette-Parker programme. It kicks off on Monday at 1pm. I will be there!