Musings on m
y life as a busy opera singer, voice teacher, photographer and mom - not necessarily in that order! I consider myself immensely fortunate to have carved out a way of doing all of these things which mean so much to me - it may sometimes get a little crazy, but it's always worth it. Welcome to the madhouse!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Things you don't see if you fly...

By the side of the rural road, high on a hilltop....

Friday, April 24, 2009

On the road again...

Wow. I get to be a singer again for a week! After the enforced hiatus, I appreciate my luck at being able to make a career out of a passion even more than usual, and am really looking forward to this one (for so very many reasons, not least of which an amazing piece to sing, and with colleagues who are not only wonderful musicians but old and valued friends).

Of course, with unerring accuracy, my time away seems to hit with THE busiest times at home: in the next week our daughter has:

- Girl Scout camping
- all-county honor chorus
- her children's chorus performance
- school orchestra concert

I think (hope!) I've managed to line everything up so that my absence won't cause too many logistical problems, but I always worry that something will fall between the cracks. Thank goodness for helpful grandparents, good friends and great neighbours.

And now, off to complete the usual pre-gig marathon of laundry and packing. Since this is a concert, I have gowns to get in order as well as the usual stuff, so a busy 24hrs ahead of me. But it's the best kind of busy, especially in anticipation of the amazing music I'll get to work on next week.

Life is good.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An actual update

Wow. Do I get the proverbial FAIL for this long lapse in actual content?

It's been a tough winter, no doubt about it. The constant bad news in the world at large and continued traumatic impact on the opera biz, sub-zero temperatures for most of January and February, winter colds and general gray malaise has made it hard to find something to blog about that didn't simply sound like whining.

But life goes on and, finally, things seem to be picking up. I'm not sure one can say it's "back to normal" (I think that's a definite no-go for the short-term, and unlikely in the medium- and even long-), but at least the "cat on a hot tin roof" underlying panic seems to be easing. Future seasons are being spoken of with more certainy, and offers are trickling out into the world, however slowly.

It's not all rosy, however - among my friends I know of nobody who hasn't been affected in some form, whether through cancellations, fewer advance bookings, lowered fees, or reduced performances. The status quo, if there ever really was such a thing, definitely no longer exists.

But even that seems like an improvement over recent months.

Speaking for myself, it is an absolute joy to be preparing for forthcoming concert opera performances. Not only am I savouring the anticipation of working with wonderful colleagues on an amazing piece of music, but the process of preparing for the gig puts me back into the swing of things in sessions with my coaches, teachers and colleagues in a way that I've desperately missed while being "benched" in the wake of my economy-forced cancelled contracts.

While I've put my time on the sidelines to good use - photographic activities have picked up far more than I could ever have imagined and have kept me very busy! - it feels beyond wonderful to be back in the saddle musically speaking. Life is good!

PS Happy Birthday to the blog, which I started last April. What a year!

Friday, April 3, 2009

I'm still here, really I am!

Between family illness (nothing serious, fortunately, just time-consuming) and continued bad news in the industry, there just hasn't been anything positive to say, or much time to say it in, but I'm still here - more substantial posts to come, but just a brief confirmation that this blog is still alive and kicking!

More soon....