Frederica von Stade’s long-time accompanist, Martin Katz, sums up the mezzo’s essence which has made her such a loved figure:
She has an intense belief that people are good, and that all comes into her work. It’s like bottled sunshine.”
As starts to wind down her career she talked with San Francisco Chronicle music critic, Joshua Kosman. Here are her words.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.