Ferrando (Bogdan Volkov) and Fiordiligi (Kirsten MacKinnon) in Glyndebourne Tour Così fan tutte
It is always such a pleasure to encounter such new Mozart talent and so it was a joy to see and hear Bogdan Volkov and Kirsten McKinnon at Glyndebourne's tour Così in Sussex on Tuesday evening. I have known each of them for a little bit. Bogdan auditioned for Neue Stimmen in Kiev in 2011 at the tender age of 21 I think. I put him on the list for the finals but the Bolshoi young artists programme snapped him up so he went to Moscow to be in the tender care of the wonderful Dima Dvodin. And my goodness has he blossomed! And Kirsten auditioned for the Garsington Countess a couple of years ago and delivered splendidly this last Garsington season. She now goes from strength to strength and is still very young......
Getting these two young people together as Fiordiligi and Ferrando was a great coup for Glyndebourne. And they provided us with world class singing. Oh - and the rest of the performance was most enjoyable as well!
Life goes on after Neue Stimmen. I had a full day of auditions for Garsington on Monday, and today I will be hearing the Harewood artists at ENO. And tomorrow there is an early start for Wexford where I will be through the weekend and returning to London on Monday evening. It will be an event filled weekend. Watch this space!