Hamburg is such a lovely city. All the trees have their fresh green early summer leaves. It was really cold when I arrived but now the weather has turned and the sun is shining.
I went to Figaro last night. Miriam, the soprano I am painting, sang the Countess role and was very good. Simone Young conducted. Simone Young is obviously loved here as she got the biggest ovation and all around me I heard people commenting on her - always favourably. Sydneys loss is Hamburgs gain. (For those who dont know, Simone is an Australian, a wonderful conductor. She was with the Sydney opera but her contract was not renewed. Many people including me resigned their membership in protest.)
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Tonight I have my first appointment to sketch Miriam as she works on her new role.