from 5 to 20 March, I’ll be singing as Radamès at the Semperoper Dresden. I’m delighted to be singing for the first time under conductor Maestro Christian Thielemann, who will be on the podium of the legendary Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. I have listened to this orchestra on so many recordings from the symphonic and operatic repertoires, and it has filled me with so many emotions! I am also extremely happy that our Aida will be broadcast for everyone on 13 March by Arte TV.
I also have a more intimate, personal reason for loving my role as Radamès: in October 2020 I was singing in a captivating concert performance of Aida conducted by Maestro Riccardo Chailly at Teatro alla Scala and, from the penultimate performance, was forced to drop out because I tested positive for Covid-19. It was one of the worst times to get infected, when vaccines were not yet available. I was lucky to recover fully, but my thoughts often go to those who didn’t make it, to the world which has been changed by Covid and to art and music which have paid such a high price.
Like everyone else, I hope that the time has come at last for us to move out of the pandemic and to go back to enjoying our everyday lives, and particularly music, in freedom and harmony.