Interview with Maida Hundeling: “I Could Not Commit Murder”

3rd Nov, 2016

BRNO Music Friendly City

Soprano Maida Hundeling, who debuted, for example, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York last season, returned to the Janáček Opera after a year. The singer known from leading opera houses around the world will perform in Brno again in the role of Tosca in Puccini’s opera of the same name. The production of the local artistic director Jiří Heřman already impressed during its premiere.

The director based his concept on the connection between the story of the singer Tosca in the environment of the complicated political situation in the Roman Republic in 1800 and the story of one of its extraordinary performers in the second half of the last century – opera superstar Maria Callas. As the critics wrote, it is a theatrically impressive and inspiring interconnection between the fates of the two women, adored opera divas, who were in love in politically complicated times that swallowed them whole. Mainly Maida Hundeling excelled in the main roles of this Brno production.

This week, you are returning to the Janáček Opera in a production of Puccini’s Tosca. Your new partner in the role of Mario Cavaradossi will be Danish tenor Magnus Vigilius. Is it the first time you two will meet on stage?

I am really looking forwarding to returning to Brno and the Janáček Opera. I still remember how warmly everyone welcomed me here during the premiere and actually my debut in Brno in May 2015. Magnus and I have never sung together. This is the first time we will meet and I firmly believe that we will enjoy our production.

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