During the last week the Banff Festival Orchestra was here, I sat down for a chat with Maestro Johannes Debus, one of our guest conductors here for summer music residencies. Current music director of the Canadian Opera Company, he conducted two programs at Banff this summer. Maestro Debus first aspired to be an orchestral conductor, but after studying La Traviata he began to be fascinated with opera and theatre. I asked him to tell me about:
His favourite part of the job?
During researsal the house is kind of built. We know, so to speak, where the bathroom is, and where the living room is in this house, and how to open this window and this door and so on, we know how that functions. And now maybe we have a party in this house, or we paint the walls in a certain colour…and this is spontaneity, something that has to do with communication, and maybe that’s the most rewarding thing, that through this non-verbal communication you have the chance to get on a journey, and you reach something, a region you might have dreamt of, and you might see it, maybe, in the eyes of musicians. You might just feel it: this kind of bond, this kind of energy. And you do one thing and suddenly something happens, there is a reaction, there is a connection, that’s incredible.