In November last year, Sounds Like Sydney published an interview with emerging conductor Jennifer Condon, presently working as Souffleuse at the Hamburg State Opera.
She has however, a burning ambition which has dictated much of how she has spent her time for past 10 years: she wants to bring to life Sappho, the last opera of Peggy Ganville-Hicks, first as a recording and then on stage – and she wants to release the CD in time for the Glanville-Hicks birth centenary later this year.
Jennifer Condon was visiting Sydney to publicise her project when she spoke to Sounds Like Sydney in November 2011. She announced the not insignificant offer from Lawrence Foster, director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra and chorus to allow her to conduct them in the recording. In something of a casting coup she has also secured the services of Wagnerian soprano Deborah Polaski as Sappho and bass Sir John Tomlinson as Kreon, her husband.
In an exciting communique from Hamburg, Condon is now able to announce that Wagnerian baritone Wolfgang Koch will sing the role of Minos and baritone Nmon Ford will sing Diomedes.
She adds that awareness of the project is growing in both London and in Hamburg. ” We’re on track for a timely release before Peggy’s 100th. I’m still fundraising, which is a slow process – it’s mostly more work on the music and getting ready for rehearsals with singers.”
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