As I hitch my rather large frame to the blog wagon, I marvel at the fact that the last time I did this was January fifth! At first this was to be a weekly epistle, then monthly, and now I guess it is unintentionally quarterly. I’m afraid sloth rules!
It’s not like we’ve been dormant. After a Christmas season that saw the house overflowing with family, we did another of our famous “drive-by” overnight opera visits, flying into Phoenix to see Daniela as Carmen with Arizona Opera. She was spectacular as usual!
A few days later, as February dawned, we welcomed Alek, Daniela, and the amazing Eva to the house for a wonderful two weeks vacay. My granddaughter is obviously the most exciting and gorgeous creature on the face of the earth!
As the Valdosta time faded, the singers dispersed to Boston (Daniela for L’heure Espagnol with Dutoit and the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Baltimore (Alek for Almaviva in Barbiere with Baltimore Opera). Meanwhile, Daniela is getting ready to be Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera and Alek is off to Pittsburgh Opera for Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Of course, we’ll be attending both!
So – there’s so much news due to my tardiness in blogging that I’m going to separate the news items. I’ll use this home page to relate reading and writing items while I use the music page to highlight new ventures in that area (and there are some!). In a later post, I’ll be announcing a major career event, but probably not until April!
But I think I’ll start the reading and writing stuff with a fresh post, so stay tuned and keep checking this out. As always, I’ll see you ONLINE! -Jim