Saturday, May 4, 2013

NYC Weekend

I'm spending a lot of time in NYC this weekend.  (And, inevitably, a lot of time traveling there.)  But, it's all opera and music and friends, so it's worth it.

Tonight I'll be attending New York Opera Exchange's production of Don Giovanni.  If you're in the area, you should really check it out.  If you're there tonight, be sure to say hi!

Tomorrow, I'll be attending a lovely recital by one of my OperaRox buddies, Jamie.  I'll also be meeting up with some other OperaRoxers (including Opera21's Jennifer Choi) for some much-needed coffee.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a roundtable discussion with Dawn Upshaw and alumni from the VAP program.  It was incredible to hear about the wide range of success of the alums since their graduation.  It only solidified what I already knew: that this program teaches you, first and foremost, how to find what is most unique about you, what you are most passionate about, and then it gives you the tools to make your goals happen.  The alums are doing everything from opera to new music to creating their own music festivals.  It gave me a lot of hope and confidence when I saw how other singers have taken so much from this program and applied to their lives in order to achieve their artistic desires.  Again, I am so excited and honored to be a part of this fantastic program.

So, toi toi toi to all the performers tonight!  I'm looking forward to experiencing all the thrills of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

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