A song recital? The evening conceived by the soprano Nadja Michael is much more than that. The singer and artist of exceptional talent takes the audience on an emotional, musical and visual journey that, like the one undertaken by Orlando, passes through different epochs. A journey that begins with the stately pomp of a Mary, Queen of Scots and increasingly turns inward through the various characters and changes of sex. Irrespective of the transformations of the outer shell, “Orlando” finds himself repeatedly confronted by the same vital issues, albeit from widely differing perspectives.
The answers that the composers find with their protagonists Mary, Queen of Scots, Ophelia and Mignon, but also with the journeyman, are as varied as those who ask the questions. Consequently it is not the people who take centre stage during this evening, but the appealing idea of the constant transformation of a psychological state that has to find the answers to these questions.
To this end, Nadja Michael has chosen songs by Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss that trace this path of change and transformation, of evolution and maturing.