13 May 2014 at 11.51am | Comment on this article
‘What is important is the feelings of the public,' said Oleg when asked if he felt the opera had become over-sentimentalized. 'It's so modern in many ways, but we don't think of Puccini as a modern composer. Strauss wrote like him 10 years later, Schoenberg loved Puccini and Stravinsky did too. We're astonished to discover that those composers respected him immensely but he had an influence on all of them.'
Oleg is the son of famous Ukranian-born conductor Igor Markevitch: 'He conducted very little opera, but he did conduct once at Covent Garden so I make my debut 70 years after he did!'
Tosca runs from 10 May–26 June 2014. Tickets are still available. The production is generously sponsored by RLM Finsbury.