I used to be born throughout 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 dad and mom have been from Rovno, 100 kilometers from Brody, the place I used to be born. Brody was as soon as generally known as “the Jerusalem of Austria,” and there are nonetheless the ruins of a synagogue destroyed within the Second World Battle, which reminds us of the previous in a really sturdy approach. 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 of, after which I studied singing. I’ve a excessive soprano voice, and I actually preferred singing in a choir. Once I was younger, I considered 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 might have any habits or superstitions?
It is vital for me to have a espresso and one thing candy, however I don’t actually have some other wants. An important 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 mates.
Do you sense resistance to feminine conductors immediately?
Within the final 15 years, the whole lot has modified so much. I don’t really feel any hostility; the truth is, simply the other. There’s quite a 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 yr?
In the course of the pandemic, I’ve needed to take care of each form of scenario. In Frankfurt, we did a complete “I Puritani” with solely 19 musicians within the orchestra pit. Now in Bayreuth, we’re enjoying with a full orchestra, however we have now two groupings; I rehearse with each in case one thing occurs. Now we have 140 individuals 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’ll’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 checks day by day. And I don’t meet anyone or go anyplace — besides rehearsal.