With the start of a new year, it is always good to summarise the highlights of the previous one and reflect on ways to make the very most of the one to come.
The year 2012 has been busy. We successfully revamped Interlude, unveiling a new site in July with more focused content. Over the course of the year, we also welcomed four new writers, and made a productive start on the website’s very own social network.
Interlude is extremely lucky to have a team of wonderful contributors, without whom Interlude would not be Interlude. Here I would like to extend my gratitude to all of them for their work, support, and most of all, their friendship. I wish them all the best in 2013.
I was also fortunate enough to reconnect with old friends and build new friendships, as well as to travel extensively. Every new destination, besides the usual London, Paris and Shanghai, left me with fond memories of love, friendship, music and food. Listening to a special rendition of Bach in Brighton, debating on who sang the best Winterreise in Vienna, or counting the number of Beethoven’s houses in Baden – these and many more have left their mark on me.
Or how about attending the Madame Butterfly premiere in Guangzhou, waltzing to Chopin in Lisbon, enjoying the sunrise in misty San Francisco, or the sunset in windy Bali? One must not forget sake tasting in Tokyo, les caves des bubbly in Reims, and of course, the unforgettable Hainan chicken rice in Singapore! So many special moments to be treasured and remembered from 2012.
My heart racing at the sight of a half-naked Gerald Finley in Don Giovanni,
… transported by the Pavel Haas Quartet performing From My Life,
… thrilling with the amazing He Hui as the Butterfly,
… delighting at Henning Kraggerud at the HKICMF,
… and melting with a very special Sarabande with Piotr Anderszewski.
And finishing the year en beauté: a special meeting with Maestro Zubin Mehta in Guangzhou!
Looking forward, there are already several concerts, operas and festivals on the horizon for 2013, though the major part of the year is still to be written – the part in which I am grasped by the unexpected: a special concert perhaps, or an unforgettable piece; encountering a remarkable artist or chancing upon a quiet moment with a loved one.
I wish all of you such happy surprises for 2013. May the year bring you memorable moments of music, love and happiness.