A massive ovation greeted both Mihoko Fujimura (Brangäne) and Andrew Staples (Sailor and Shepherd) following the concert of Tristan und Isolde at the BBC Proms. Both singers were singled out by audience and press alike for their superb performances.
Mihoko Fujimura continued her festival summer in Japan with concerts of Mahler 3 with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and will this week open the Lucerne Festival singing Das Lied der Waldtaube in concerts with the Lucerne Festival orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado. She opens her 2013/2014 season with concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra both conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Andrew Staples has also given a major role debut for the Royal Opera House singing Flamand in Strauss’ Capriccio in two very celebrated concert performances – being hailed as “surely the most gifted and promising English tenor for at least a generation” by Michael Tanner in The Spectator. He continues the summer directing Die Zauberflöte (and singing Tamino) at the Drottningholms Slottsteater with the Swedish Radio and Daniel Harding, Candide in Leipzig and War Requiem in Hamburg.