Opals are a simple combination of silica and water, the colour seen in opals being created by the interference of the passage of light through the stone by the presence of small spheres of silica gel.
Arnold Schoenberg set four poems by Richard Dehmel to music - these are known as ‘Four Songs’, Opus 2, and are sung in German. Opals are a key element of the first song, Ewartung (Anticipation).
Invited to draw during a performance at Finchcocks, I spoke with singer Michèle Restieux about how it feels to sing the song. We also discussed the meaning of the poem in its original German as well as its translation into English.