A message from Simon
A message from Simon, 27 January 2012
I’m so sorry to do this again. A bit of a habit recently, this cancelling lark.
It gives me no pleasure to do so. Nozze di Figaro is an absolute joy for me. I will never tire of the opera and will miss this run very much.
And I’m sorry too, if any of you have spent your hard-earned wages on my account, and are now irritated with my cancellation. I’m afraid that this time… it is only Life that surprised me; both here in London and in Vienna. The two cancellations are linked.
Zenaida had a health scare around Christmas time, and was taken to hospital. When she came out, she was weak as a lamb and I could not leave her alone with two small children, and unable to pick them up. We have no grandparents to help, and at Christmas, nannies too need a break and go home.
That is why I had to cancel Vienna. It broke my heart really. I had asked Vienna for this new role in “Ballo maschera” and they kindly gave it to me. what a privilege is that?
Cancelling was painful for me too. But there are times when I must stop and think what is more important in Life… and this time, the “ballo” period in Vienna had to go.
Unfortunately, and precisely because of that…
In looking after 2 small kids, who missed their Mama, on my own, I have now hurt myself. It’s nothing desperate …but I have strained my vocal chords.
How ridiculous, after 25 years of hard singing, that I should hurt myself not in singing, but endless endless talking with small children. I was desperate to rest my voice, after a hard winter singing but… it was …impossible.
So, how ridiculous.
I’m sorry again for any inconvenience to any of you….
And I fully intend to be back in time for the Onegin in Munich.
All best wishes
A message from Simon to all contributors and readers of SK.info
“You must all know by now – I know you do! – that I don’t do internet and computers. They must be wonderful… all those things available to you… research and ordering and perusing the whole wide world! But it just doesn’t suit me. I don’t think I have the time… and when I do, I would rather be outside. I’m sure I will never go onto the internet. That said… I’m happy to be sharing this passion and deep love of music and poetry and art with all of you who are in the same “club” as me… just on the other side of the curtain. Happy listening… And thank you all very much for spending your hard earned money to come and listen to the irrelevant things that I do… and hope to continue doing for a couple more decades. It passes the time! And I can’t think of much else to do that would give me as much fun and satisfaction.
All best wishes