Just in: British Brünnhilde to make London debut, at long, long lastNews
The Nottingham soprano Catherine Foster has sung Brünnhilde in three successive Ring cycles at Bayreuth.
She is in demand as Elektra, Isolde, Senta and Turandot all over the continent.
But she has never been cast in the capital of her home country.
In July 2019 I wrote in the Spectator: ‘It is a bit odd to find that no British company has offered her a leading role, or presently plans to do so. Six years of ovations at Bayreuth count for nothing in Blighty. Something has gone fairly rotten in our state-subsidised system if a regnant British soprano cannot get a call from Covent Garden…’
Finally, the ice has broken.
Catherine, 47, will sing Turandot next April at Covent Garden.
About bloody time.