Bayreuth’s Brünnhilde: Agents failed memain
Catherine Foster has given a rare Uk interview, recounting how she transitioned from being a midwife in the Midlands to one of the most sought-after sopranos on the Wagner stage.
Basically, she had to do it all herself.
After sending 100 letters and CDs to German agents, she scored three interviews. She sang Tannhäuser’s Dich, theure Halle because “most soprano arias just go on and on and I needed a one for a young singer that didn’t.”
On her last audition, she found success in front of George Alexander Albrecht, who cast her in Wagner’s Tannhäuser as Elizabeth. She moved to Weimar “with a bed and a few bits of crockery and that was it”, having just married just six months earlier to husband Robert, who stayed back for work. The couple didn’t have the money for the long distance calls, but they stuck it out.
Read on here.