A message from Simon
A message from Simon, 27. November 2015
To all of you that might have bought tickets and flights with your hard earned money, I am so sorry that I must come out of all my December recitals, as well as from the Wigmore small-piece band concert in January.
I had an unexpected operation to remove some of my thyroid at the end of September having returned from singing Macbeth in Japan with the Royal Opera. I had the all clear and so all will be well, but a complication in the healing process of the neck, has set me back a bit. Frustrating in the extreme, but Mother Nature has her imperatives and I must just be patient and work steadily, and as she will allow.
I will still be singing my Schubert Wigmore recital on January 31st 2016, but even though the small-piece band date is before that…..it will take too much work. All the detail and love and passion of making programmes. I am full of hot ideas and fun, but I cannot do that right now when swallowing is uncomfortable. So…there it is. I’m sorry to all of you for spending your money and having to let you down. This was kind of out of my control.
All very best to all of you.
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