07. November 2011
Singers without borders 6.11.2011
Visited the Salvatorsaal and this time with soprano Cornelia Liener. On the program it said Slavic music and Cornelia sang the wonderful song “Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt” by P Tschaikowskij and I participated with first “A Dream” by Rachmaninoff and later with an aria from the opera I debuted with 20 years ago. There were so many memories that merged, together with my pianist from Poland: Roman Teodorowicz. The director back then was the legendary Polish soprano Maria Foltyn on the Silesian Opera in Bytom near Katowice. It was so special as my great-grandmother sometime around 1880 were married in Silesia for a few years before she became a widow and returned to Sweden. From my great-grandmother I inherited a medallion and in it there’s a five-clover from Silesia that is still green and I carry it often with love and gratitude towards a wonderful and imaginative woman from our family’s history.
My debut in the part as Halka:
The joy of returning to a music that is both characteristic and powerful and was a wonderful start for my career, surrounded by fantastic colleagues and engaged and brilliant musicians. A good memory to nourish and lean against.
— Elisabeth Wärnfeldt