I never learned to make dolls from anyone. For many years I was thinking about how to make dolls and was looking for a suitable material. That was strenuous but also very fun. This doll here I made with that suitable material basically as a trial. A nice lady from Vienna wanted to buy her although I did not really want to since I had the image of that doll being a trial piece. That lady accepted that but still wanted to by my doll because a long time ago she travelled to Peru and there she saw a woman who looked like that. Because of that experience she really wanted to by this doll. I feel very moved and am happy that my doll is with that lady now. I made that doll with much dedication and it holds meaning for myself. I named her “Utah”.
Vienna Prater is very famous. What do you think about when you hear that name? I suppose many people think about the giant ferris wheel and the film “The third man”… Since I am living in Vienna, the Prater is special to me, because there are not only modern rides and attractions but I always feel history there. Also there are lots of ample green surroundings which invite for a stroll. One of my favourite attractions is the “Liliputbahn”, named Liliput (as in the novel “Gulliver’s travels”) because it is a small narrow-track train. I especially love the old-fashioned steam locomotive. 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the commencement of operations of “Liliputbahn”. 90 years! I admire such a long history and this train has until now carried so many dreams of its passengers. This year, there are many commemorative events such as “Long night of Liliputbahn” (July 21st) with inside information and guided tours behind the scenes and “Steam Days” (August 15th-19th). If you are interested, this train is featured in our music video “Im Prater blüh’n wieder die Bäume” which you can find below. As far as I know, the special steam train operates only weekends and public holidays but you can find official information at the website
Yuka Simeno （soprano）、Leopold Grossmann、recipient of Robert Stolz award（piano）、Dieter Pashing（tenor）
Wienerlied composed by Leopold Grossmann
Lyrics by Johann Nogol-Gerlich
Soprano – Yuka Simeno
Piano – Leopold Grossmann
Piano is played by the composer himself
From the CD “Vienna melodies” (1999)
Video copyright Yuka Simeno
When I studied at Vienna city Conservatory(now “University of the city of Vienna,MUK”)with Professor Grossmann, he himself offered me some of his composed works to perform. This one here is one of those compositions. He said it was the first time ever that he had offered someone his composition to perform and this is a tremendous honour for me. In this piece it is about springtime in Vienna, when tender violin sounds can be heard coming from Wienerwald (Vienna forest), there is mention of famous sights and also a little bit of Viennese melancholy character can be felt.
ヨハン ノゴル- ゲールリヒ作詞
示野由佳 歌 、レオポルト グロースマン ピアノ
ウィーン市立音楽院(現在のPrivatuniversität der Stadt Wien,MUK)でL.グロースマン先生のもとでオペレッタを勉強していた頃、先生はこの曲を演奏するように、と、ご自身で作曲されたいくつかの楽譜を私にお渡しになりました。この曲はそのひとつです。先生は、ご自分から歌って欲しいと思われて楽譜を渡すのはこれが初めてだ、とおっしゃっていました。大変名誉なことと、光栄に思います。 この曲では、春に、ウィーンの森から優しいヴァイオリンの音が聞こえてきて、花や、その他の素敵なことを語る…ということが繰り返され、ウィーンのいくつかの名所を織り込みながら、ウィーン人のメランコリックな気質も、ちらと漂わせます。
On May 5th 2018, at the “Club of Viennese Women Musicians” ,of which I am a member, there was a celebration and opening of the exhibition “100 years women’s voting right in Austria”.
I think from the beginning of human history, generally it was the men who, genetically endowed with bodily strength, went hunting and brought home food. And generally women, because of physiological circumstances ,took care of the home, etc.
Even after a long time in our modern world today, I think that it can be felt that there exist specific and strong ideas of gender roles. Unequal pay for equal work because of being a woman or fixed set of ideas of how women should be etc., should be overcome and changed. I think that in a balanced modern world every human being could fully live their character, talent and potential, wishes and therefore they could be respected and blossom as a living being. I wish for every human beings to live in a world where they can feel goodand in order to create that world let us go forward step by step…
Soprano – Yuka Simeno Conductor- Boris Perrenoud Russian Philharmonic Orchestra Moscow Lied der Sylva Varescu “Heia, heia, in den Bergen ist mein Heimatland” From the operetta “Die Csardásfürstin” by Emmerich Kalmán From the CD “Vienna Melodies” (1999)示野由佳（小松由佳）ソプラノ ボリス ペレヌー指揮 ロシァン フィルハーモニック オーケストラ モスクワ シィルヴァの歌（シィルヴァ ヴァレスク）「ハイヤ、ハイヤ、私の故郷は山の中に…」 エンマーリヒ カルマン作曲 オペレッタ「チャルダッシュの女王」より CD「ウィーンのメロディー」より（1999年発売）
Today is May 1st and this is the “Day of Labour”. Here in Austria it is a public holiday. Today her father is home and she is very happy. In the evening they are going to the opera together. Daddy is always very busy and it is not often that they can do that. Today there is a performance of “Aida” and she heard that it is a story from ancient Egypt. She will get dressed up and is very excited…