Monday, March 22, 2010

L'etoile

What a charming, charming opera! It simply blew me away. All of my expectations were exceeded. NYCO, you have not disappointed me!

Needless to say, I had a lovely night in NYC on Saturday night. L'etoile was brilliant. I haven't laughed so hard in a while. And all the cuteness onstage! I love love love this opera! And the entire production was just so beautiful; between the music and the singing and the choreography and the costumes and everything, it was just an aesthetic pleasure through and through.

I have to admit, though, that the best part of it all was the fact that the prima donna was a pants role! YAY MEZZOS! <3 Another great role to add to my To-Do list. :)

Hurray for French opera!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Philharmonic



One of the reasons I love being a cellist is that I get great opportunities like being a member of the McCarthy Philharmonic. Mitchell McCarthy is a senior Composition major at my school and he's put together a 50+ piece symphony orchestra to play his works.

I get such a thrill from playing in an orchestral setting, but there is nothing like playing music that could have been written the night before. It's such an amazing feeling to play the music and think, "This is the first time that this music is coming to life."

And of course it's really great to have the composer conducting and coaching you. I have been given the opportunity to get inside Mitch's head and understand why he composed the things he did. His music is so inspiring and I absolutely adore it. It speaks right to my soul and I can't think of a better way to experience the music fully than to be a part of its realization.

I guess the bottom line is that music is amazing and it moves me and I love to be a part of it in as many ways as possible.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Viva Verdi!

I thoroughly enjoyed Attila at the Met on Tuesday night (3/9/10). Muti and the orchestra were thrillingly moving in this early Verdi piece. I enjoyed the singing immensely and the costumes were really cool. (Check out some pictures here at Opera Chic's blog.) The staging was extremely static; the best ways to describe this entire production is "old school." I find it ironic that a new production at the Met is the most "old school" thing that I've ever seen. I've never actually experienced the "stand and sing" style live before. (Yes, that's how young I am.) It was really interesting.

My favorite part about the whole opera was the fact that Odabella was always seen toting around Attila's sword. You have to watch out for those Italian women! ;) LOVE IT.

In other news, I've been extremely pleased with the weather as of late. It's warm and pretty about 80% of the time now! I hope it stays like this; it does wonders for my mood.

It was especially nice because I've been in the city these past two days and I didn't need to drag a heavy coat everywhere. I could walk the city in normal clothes and be comfortable. What a concept!

Life is good. I'm tired and working hard non-stop, but I love it. Viva la musica!