At a corona concert on the balcony of her apartment in berlin, the famous coloratura soprano anna prohaska was celebrated by her neighbors.
"I found the most appreciative audience of all. The people shouted at me to sing one song after the other until I was almost hoarse at the end," said the musician in a video interview with the director of the festival europaische wochen passau, carsten gerhard, which was published on tuesday.
"You can see how people long for classical music. I hope this radiates beyond the corona crisis and people remember what music meant to them at that time."
Prohaska was born in 1983 in the bavarian-swabian town of neu-ulm and moved with her family as a child, first to vienna and later to berlin. Her father is austrian director andreas prohaska, her mother an irish-english singer. The fact that many borders in europe are closed due to the corona pandemic is a problem for her. "After so many years of peace, at least in the eu, people are hunkering down again behind their garden fences of nation-statehood," prohaska said. "Maybe europe has missed it or can still manage to build up a cultural mythology."
If the european weeks in june and july go ahead as planned, prohaska is scheduled to be released on 23. July to perform works by british baroque composer henry purcell. According to the homepage, preparations for the festival are underway, but it is not yet possible to say whether they will continue.