Rebecca von Lipinski returns
We are delighted to welcome back soprano Rebecca von Lipinski as Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio this summer (a revival of John Cox's critically acclaimed 2009 production). In anticipation, we spoke to her about her residency at Oper Stuttgart, Germany, the varied roles she’s taken on since we last saw her, and what she’s looking forward to most about returning to Garsington this summer.
Life as an opera singer is always unpredictable, but I think that’s why we like it! Going from opera company to opera company is fantastic, meeting new colleagues and encountering new challenges.
Since 2011 (just after performing in The Magic Flute at Garsington Opera) I started my first season at Oper Stuttgart, Germany. I’ve been here three years and since then I have been given all my dream roles, with some Janáček (Mila, Osud), Denisov (Chloe, L'écume des jours), Gluck (Euridice, Orphée et Eurydice), Rameau (Thalie, Platée), Mozart (Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni) and Tchaikovsky (Tatyana, Eugene Onegin). Such a range of repertoire, with such wonderful directors (Jossi Weiler, Sergio Morabito, Calixto Bieito and Waltraud Lehner to name but a few) has been an amazing experience.
Coming back to Garsington for a production that has such a special place in my heart is going to be like slipping on a pair of wonderfully warm slippers. However challenging it may be artistically and vocally, the honesty, happiness, warmth and endless heart of Garsington will comfort me no end. I cannot wait to get started again with John Cox and Douglas Boyd and hope I can give them everything that is required for the role of Leonore. This role, for me, is the pinnacle of opera and I still have to pinch myself at the thought of doing it again. What a supreme joy!