Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Less than 10 days to the opera ... Amazing Easter!

Looking forward to the opera yet? I am... Hoffmann goes up next week! ALREADY! I feel like this production swept me up by the seat of my pants, but it should be great. We're getting it all together now, as stressful as those first stagings were.

The Bach St. Matthew Passion was so amazing last weekend. The music, which was written for Good Friday services in the Lutheran tradition, is such an incredible retelling of the death of Christ. Not having been raised in any denomination, I do not consider myself to be a person of faith, however - this incredible performance touched my heart. Not only is the music an incredibly crafted masterpiece, the singers brought in to sing the arias were absolutely amazing. The mezzo-soprano had the richest, most creamy and glorious sound I have ever experienced. The "Buß und Reu" toward the beginning of the piece was heart clenching, and it just got better from there. I was brought to tears by the Bass aria in the second half, mourning the death of Christ. My entire row of sopranos was sniffling by the end. Such amazing musical experiences are the reason I came to Westminster Choir College for graduate school. What a privilege it is to sing with such amazing musicians like the Philadelphia Orchestra, and to have such wonderful colleagues to sing with, whether or not the New York Times says we are to young to understand the experiences in the Passion. I think that the Westminster Symphonic Choir is made up of some of the most tender and caring musicians in the business, and we can't ask for more than that. Yannick is one of the best conductors I've had the chance to see and perform with. I am truly honored to be a part of all this.

This time of year I really do miss Yuba City, the blossoms, the trees, the mustard flowers. Though, I know Joaquina Johnson would be proud of what I am doing here (I heard today would be her birthday, I continue to think of her every day). Without the musicians of that town, I would never be where I am now, and every day I am thankful.


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