One of the perks of my day job at a major NYC institution is getting discount tickets to various shows and events. When I saw “The Metropolitan Opera,” “Don Giovanni,” and “Luca Pisaroni,” listed, I actually put it in my calendar to buy tickets as soon as they went on sale. After singing my first Zerlina last December, I was even more eager to see a full production of Don Giovanni live. Plus, I’ve been a big fan of Luca’s for a while now and really wanted to see him in one of his signature roles: Leporello (I dare you to watch this rendition of the Catalog Aria, “Madamina, il catalogo è questo,” and not be charmed).
Settling in for Don Giovanni. NYC, 2015.
It had been a while since my last visit to the Met and I was going to see Don Giovanni, so it was with great anticipation and excitement that I made my way to Lincoln Center after work on Friday. Fellow soprano Jen and I met up for a coffee and catch-up session before the show, and Baritone Boy joined us a little later.
Lincoln Center at twilight. NYC, 2015.
Baritone Boy and I in the cold. NYC, 2015.
It was a great performance, with all the characters well-portrayed and fully-embodied. We were sitting up in Family Circle, and more so than any other time I’ve been to the Met, I wished for opera glasses to really see and get the full effect of facial expressions and nuanced moments. It’s really the intricate relationships between the characters (combined with the magical music, of course) that makes this opera so interesting and so well-loved. Continue reading
This year’s Thanksgiving was perfectly timed. Coming right after our big Strauss concert and right before rehearsals for Don Giovanni begin, this holiday and the long weekend are just what I needed to recharge and then gear-up for the last month of 2014.
Thanksgiving family portrait. NYC, 2014.
Thanksgiving was never my favorite holiday as a child (Halloween was more fun, Christmas was far more exciting, and turkey was not that big of a deal). I have personal qualms about the historic basis of the celebration, but as I find more to be thankful for each year, I have grown fond of the idea of reflecting and giving thanks.
IN THE WORKS @ November 21, 2014
A Strauss Celebration: 150 years
- Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
- 3:00 PM
- Lieder and selections from Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Der Rosenkavalier
- Holyrood Church (179th and Fort Washington), Washington Heights, NYC
- The launch project of Cantanti PROJECT, a project-based performance group in NYC, for singers and by singers.
Cornerstone Chorale’s Winter Concert
- Sunday, December 7th, 2014
- 3:30 PM
- Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël and other holiday pieces
- Holyrood Church, Washington Heights, NYC
Zerlina in Don Giovanni with New York Lyric
- Monday, December 15th, 2014
- 7:00 PM
- NOLA Studios, NYC
Covering the role of Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante in 2015 with New York Opera Forum