July, 28 2020
Mallorca is the gateway to heaven. And I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few days on this wonderful island. I am almost back in Cottbus and write these lines to you from my little package. Spain is the second country I visited after Italy. I am a blessed plush kitten ... I can see so much of this big world. And I would like to share that with you.
I spent most of my time in Sóller, a seaside town in the northwest of Mallorca. My wonderful host Waltraud Mucher Gregan lives here on her finca. Waltraud is an opera singer and has an angelic voice! She got around a lot during her career. The Austrian by birth studied music and singing in Graz and had appearances at theaters in Berlin, Dessau, Deia, Bremen, Bregenz and many other cities. I would particularly like to emphasize that between 1997 and 2003 she was 1st mezzo-soprano at the Staatstheater Cottbus under the then opera director Martin Schüler. Mallorca is far from Cottbus, but there are bridges that connect us.
And music was a big topic of my trip. I experienced Waltraud's great voice in interaction with the American pianist Suzanne Bradbury, in a duet with the international opera star Daniel Kirch and with her Movicanto - a workshop that combines music with movement and feelings. It was a huge honor for me to be a witness to these talents for which many people are otherwise in line. But as a queen, thank God, it's part of my everyday life to be courted and pampered.
Together we visited Palma de Mallorca, where Waltraud showed me the Teatro Principal and her favorite places, and of course her home Sóller, which is located by the sea. I immediately fell in love with the harbor with its lighthouse.
Sóller casts its spell over its visitors. The small town is nestled in a magical valley between orange, lemon and olive groves. Until late in the 15th century there was constant confrontation between Christians and the Arab Moors from North Africa. The latter also coined the city name “Sóller”, which means “shell” or “valley of gold”. And it's nice and warm here.
The rich culture and the many artists make Mallorca a utopia. But the dreamlike scenery and her husband Ralf Gregan were also reasons for Waltraud to move to the island in 2007. It is worth coming here.
May I send you greetings from Waltraud, whom I will miss very much.
Best regards, Queen Gondula.
PS: Take a look at Waltraud's videos that she recorded with Gondula!