Traveller Magazine (Australia) ➡️ James Gaffigan: ‘What travel has taught me’

credit: Vera Hartmann

Ahead of his Melbourne Symphony Orchestra debut (August 30, 31 and September 2, 2019 link here), James wrote a piece for Australia’s Traveller Magazine (read it here). This piece ran in the Sydney Morning Herald on August 17, 2019.

“I was 19 when I first went to Vienna. I knew I wanted to be a conductor, and was very excited about the history of Vienna and its composers. I visited many music-related sites, including Mahler’s grave, and most importantly to me, the Vienna State Opera, where I took a backstage tour. This included a visit to see Mahler’s (one-time music director of the opera house) practice piano. It was all very emotional for me. Little did I realise that in less than a decade, I’d be conducting my debut of La Boheme for that very company.”

James Gaffigan in Traveller AU Magazine, full piece here.