Very good news just in from my man in Japan.
Seiji Ozawa is back in action, and on top form. Here’s the word from Rob Weir, principal bassoon of the San Francisco Orchestra, in Matsumoto:
Just wanted to pass along to you that I can very happily report for the Saito Kinen Matsumoto Festival, that Seiji Ozawa is in his fabulous fine form conducting Bluebeard’s Castle here in Matsumoto. It is so wonderful seeing him looking so fit and, while still a little thin, vigorous and so thoroughly the inspiring and inspired maestro.
The performances beginning, next week, will be sensational with the incredible baritone, Matthias Goerne, Mezzo Elena Zhidkova, and Andra Palerdi, bass. Wish you could be here to listen. I am happily making whatever contribution I can as principal bassoon for these performances and for the Miraculous Mandarin complete ballet. A pure joy in making music with this collection of international orchestral stars.
Ozawa, 75, has been out of action for more than a year after surgery for oesophageal cancer and hernia.