Sunday, May 18, 2008

Love is in the air....

Love: Parisian Style
So I know I have been absent here for a bit - my apologies - but duty was calling! We don't have the longest rehearsal period for this particular revival (this is, I believe, the 4th time putting Robert Carsen's brilliant staging up), and considering it is my first stab at the role (sorry for the pun), I've just had all of my mind, energy, and attention pouring into it - and I think it may just be worth it. I think I perhaps underestimated the scope, intensity and density of this role - it's an easy mistake: you look at the notes Bellini jotted down onto the page, and they look oh-so-simple. "It's a few chord changes, a simple melody, the odd chromatic leading tone to bend the phrase - seriously, how entailed can it be?", she foolishly thought!

Well, as I posted earlier, I'm in love. I quite simply LOVE this role, and am pinching myself in each rehearsal that I have been entrusted to sing it. Are you kidding me? It's bliss. We're having a wonderful time, our first orchestral rehearsals have gone extremely well, everyone is excited and positive, there is a great rapport between cast, chorus, orchestra - and hopefully the audience will catch the fire, as well!

However, my work is not done, so I will write more once my "day job" is settled. We have a big week ahead, building to an exciting opening night on Saturday, so I'll be back. The brilliant part of having some time off this weekend was spent with my camera in a blissful day in Paris, thunderstorms and all, enjoying nooks and crannies, and a delightful, full-fledged Parisian dinner party: the writer, the singer, the painter, the banker, lots of talk of literature and cinema and laughs - not to mention aromatic wine and a GREAT Camembert - is there anything better?

In the meantime, because I am in a "Romeo Mood", I seem to be catching lovers everywhere, as in the pigeons above, and of course, to put a smile on your face, I introduce you to Odie, the pug:


Operafan said...

Wonderful to have you back, rehearsals sound great! I am looking forward to "catch the fire" next week at Bastille, meanwhile, I wish you all the very best for this big week and a stunning opening night! Paris loves you:-)) Cheers!
PS: funny pics!

sabauda said...

Hello there - although we have never met, I am a fan:

I just worked with your very talented and also kind and diplomatic husband on Tito....good reviews for him from me!

I saw you in Dead Man Walking and loved it -- am a San Franciscan and huge fan of Jake Heggie and that amazing piece...and....all were wonderful.....

My husband and I saw you in Pesaro in (i am ashamed to say I cannot remember the name of the opera) the summer they were also doing Semiramide.....Sav works for the Regio in Torino and he was there because that funny Semiramide was also going to Torino and he was learning the show. Anyway, you were amazing and we always remember the especially as my dear other half would not believe that you were american and we practically got in a fight about it....

I hope you will come to Torino one day....!!



Carlos said...

Hi Joyce! I have read some reviews from someone attending the 2nd act rehearsal a few days ago and the orchestra rehearsal today and all were very excited! I will go to Paris this friday to attend the opening night of Capuleti on saturday! I can't wait!!


DesperateOperawife said...

Hi YD,

I've tagged you for a meme if you are interested.

Hope you are well!

Desperate Operawife

Yankeediva said...

Thanks Carlos & Operafan for the good wishes - the excitement is definitely building!! And Sabaoda, it's definitely a small world! My husband loved working on that show with you, and we have a big team here from Torina, actually - Maestri Pido and Galoppini, so in essence, we are quite connected!