Marie Vassiliou tells us
What did you know of Wedmore before getting involved with our Arts Festival?
I can hardly believe it, but I first came to Wedmore in 2000, when I was involved with the inspired and inspiring premiere of Mike and Kate Westbrook’s opera Jago, commissioned and performed by Wedmore Opera. Since then I have been involved in a number of other productions and performances in the area. I have got to know something of the people, the place, the atmosphere and I love it. I have made special, long-lasting friendships and continue to be amazed at how so many passionate, arts-loving people are able to pull together and create quality performances for the local community.
What do you prefer -
Which of our many
And which in the rest of the world? One of the places which is most special to me for many reasons is the
Which soprano (or any singer) do you most admire? There are so many singers that I admire, for all different reasons. Of the sopranos early Callas recordings are probably my absolute favourite. The intelligence behind the singing, the absolute commitment to the drama and character, as well as her precision and boldness, I feel utterly transported when I listen to her. I also adore listening to Fritz Wunderlich, Anne Sofie von Otter and of course Luciano Pavarotti.
After Wedmore, what’s your next project? I’ll be taking part in the St Lawrence Jewry festival at the invitation of Graham Allum and Sarah Walker, giving a programme of Bach. After that I will be performing a recital at
Marie will be singing some sparkling summer songs, accompanied by Nigel Foster, at 4.45pm in St Mary’s Church on Saturday 8 July.
Tickets: £10, to include a glass of wine and some canapes