My most memorable experiences thus far have been playing the role of Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walkure at Teatro Nacional di Sao Carlos in Lisbon and most recently playing the role of Othello for Birmingham Opera Company in an old warehouse space with the largest red carpet ever!
Both productions were directed by Graham Vick but so totally different. In the case of Die Walkure, we performed in one of the oldest and prettiest opera houses in Europe with a huge orchestra conducted by Marko Letonja. It was my biggest platform yet into the Helden/ Dramatic repertoire that I sing. The stalls were converted into a huge stage complete with new,state of the art hydraulic machinery. Where the stage usually was, there were more seats for the public so we were in the round really. In that production Susan Bullock played Brunhilde, and it was wonderful being Siegmund next to her and Anna Katharina Behnke my Sieglinde. Add to that smooching couples all over the auditorium during Wintersturme, a stage that moved constantly for each scene, beautiful vampire like Walkure and a director demanding truth in every moment and pushing you on to excellence and you get a truly fabulous spectacle.