Friday, July 31, 2009

29 tumors? They haven't got a chance against a song.

In case any one out there is in need of an enormous dose of inspiration (which includes me, because I am officially OVER this cast on my leg!), please, please, PLEASE give yourself a gift and take a few, short minutes to read this astonishing article about Zheng Cao, an against-all-odds mezzo soprano.

I am a believer.

"Early on, I said that these cancer cells have no chance in my body because every cell is already filled up with music."

Please feel free to donate to the walk taking place in San Francisco on Sunday, and then just sit with her accomplishment for a bit - makes anything seem possible, doesn't it....?

11 comments:

Kinneret said...

Thank you so much for this article! It's so inspiring, and it's such a good reminder of why we sing and make music. I teared up while reading this.

Thanks for making your blog such an uplifting and inspiring place!

Ann said...

Isn't it an amazing story? I'm glad you're sharing with your readers.

BTW, I've joined you in the broken bone category, albeit not my leg...

Susan Eichhorn-Young said...

amazing and inspiring! Thanks! Hope you are doing better too...

Alixkovich said...

This story is so amazing! Music can make incredible miracles!

Raisa said...

What a beautiful and inspiring proof of how powerful music is! Thank you very much for this article.

nyorker218 said...

That is SO incredible - thanks for sharing! I wish your leg a speedy recovery. :)

steve49w said...

When I start feeling sorry for myself about the bills or some other trivial thing I try to remember these ourageous people who fight on almost cheerfully. What an amazing woman. BTW - there's Flicka again like the Johnny Appleseed of feel good moments.

Steve

Klassikfan said...

It would be great if you shared your personal impressions of your fantastic concert in Salzburg. You really took the audience by storm - applause turned into cheers, and enthusiasm ended in standing ovations. What a debut! Congratulations!!

Susan said...

The story of this woman's triumph over illness moved me to tears. Thank you for sharing it.

Dolcevita said...

Cast away?? :)

Congrats on the 2009 Opera News Award! It is more than deserved and your bloggers are all so proud of you.

Carlos Azevedo said...

I just bought Floridante, directed by Alan Curtis, with you doing Elmira. I must say that, without any doubt, you are one of the top mezzos of the day (along with Bartoli and Kozená; Podles and Mingardo are also amazing, but I don’t see them as mezzos, but as contraltos). I will buy your disc of Handel arias (I saw some reviews and all of them said your singing is beyond words).

Well, I just want to wish you a fast recovery and I hope to see you in my country, Portugal, very soon (or, at lest, in Spain).

Best regards,
Carlos Azevedo