Monday, July 6, 2009

Cast-a-Diva

Just a quick word to send an ENORMOUS "thank you" to everyone for the beautiful words and sentiments of encouragement! I have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of good will, to say the very least, and I can only say that it means so much to me.

Thank you.
Mille Grazie.
Merçi mille fois.
Muchas gracias.
Danke.

The good news is that the permanent cast is on and it's COLORFUL. (stay tuned for pics)

The other good news is that upon further exam, it IS just a spiral fracture to my right fibula (I think I mistakenly identified the bone as my fibia earlier, but it is, in fact, my fibula), and there is NO apparent damage to any ligaments or to the all-important joint between the tibia and talus. So, without putting much weight on it for the next 6 weeks, it should provide a clean repair.

Tomorrow night will find me in a wheelchair for the show, giving it everything I have, and my hope is that the healing will cooperate and let me get upright and a bit mobile in time for the big live broadcast on July 15. But at this point, it is one day at a time, one show at a time, and trying to find a balance between "the show must go on" and "long term mobility!!!" I promise I will not do anything consciously to put my ankle health in danger, but at the same time, I want to do all I can to REALLY play this part with this astonishing cast (of singers), with these astonishing musicians, and for this unbelievable public! I would hate it if I ruined anyone's outing to the theater.

Thank you for your incredible support and outpouring, and let's see what happens!
CHEERS!

27 comments:

J said...

Dear Joyce:
We went to London from Valencia just to listen to you and JDF in Barbiere
We always remember you at Cenerentola two years ago in BCN and the new year's eve dinner at Joan's.
Last Saturday you were fantastic!!!! singing...acting...with your broken leg!!!! :-)
Get well soon, love.
J.

Hariclea said...

OMG i am speachlesss!!! Now you gave made me cry and all!!! So glad it is no as bad as it might have been and i will cross my fingers that you will be as good as new soon!!! Until then i think a million thanks are in order to you for putting yourself through this for us!!! Thank you and see you tomorrow!!!! You soooo rock and i soooo admire you!!

Dolcevita said...

Just as I posted my message your update appeared!

GOOOOOOD

Best of luck!

Cheers

Kenderina said...

Brava, Joyce !!! Now I'm more excited and cannot wait till Friday !! Hope to see you and your colorful cast there ;)

asido said...

Brava!! Torera!!

Hope to see you next 10th in London

And get well soon

Ernesto

marcillac said...

Fantastic news.

Cannot agree more strongly with Hericlea's sentiments. Get well soonest.


@J

We made the same trip but I had actually preferred a different second leg - sorry, no pun intended - as I've heard all the principles form the shows in London and we already have tickets for Joyce in the Met Barbiere this fall (hopefully more than 1 performance). Fortunately the decision was taken out my hands.

This post brings the very welcome news that she should be fully recovered by then but I doubt that she will actually sing better and the circumstances made this one of the most compelling opera performances I've ever attended. We were shocked when she came back and absolutely flabergasted that she was able to give the performance that she did.

I'm exceedingly sorry that she got hurt but that she continued and did so in such a stupendous manner and it makes me feel even more privileged to have been there.

HairMan said...

Are you licensed to drive a wheelchair in the UK? We do use the other side of the road after all...

Speaking as a card carrying wimp (like many males) I would have suspended all duties and gone into rehab for a year.

But seriously - BRAVA with flashing caps for continuing with your performances!

Glòria said...

Thanks a lot for your effort and I'm sure the performance on July 15will be fabulous and fortunately I will be there to see it!. Kisses.

Susan Eichhorn-Young said...

So glad you are okay!!! Sending your love and good vibes!

Atticus said...

¡¡¡Bravisima Joyce!!!
Get well soon

La Nouvelle Heloise said...

I bet the cast matches that fab outfit of yours!! I am staying tuned for the pics...

Glad to hear of the new developments and wishing you a complete and speedy recovery.

You are the Wonderdiva!!!

LNH

Sarah said...

Re-reading your last few posts on this Barber production - I am speechless at how you constantly throw yourself (in a manner of speaking) into what you do 300% AT ALL TIMES! Those of us who are fortunate to see you in anything know that we are seeing an uber-professional who is giving US her ALL. What a connection you give us to this great art.

Sarah said...

Re-reading your last few posts on this Barber production - I am speechless at how you constantly throw yourself (in a manner of speaking) into what you do 300% AT ALL TIMES! Those of us who are fortunate to see you in anything know that we are seeing an uber-professional who is giving US her ALL. What a connection you give us to this great art.

Ann said...

I'm glad that the news is as good as possible considering the situation. And I think you forget that people are going to come to see you, and be amazed by and enjoy your voice and won't see the wheelchair/cast/crutches at all.

You'll dazzle them with YOU!

Susan said...

Why let a little thing like a broken leg stop you? :) I'm so glad that it's an easy-healing, complication-free type of break.

I think you have the best attitude of anyone I know In Real Life. Seriously!

I look forward to hearing about how it is performing in a wheelchair. Do you have a special wheelchair tech rehearsal?

Joyce you are an inspiration!

Mei said...

These are great news...!

Brava, Joyce...!

Can't wait for next Friday...!

Lisa Hirsch said...

You are the trouper to end all troupers!!

That said, I broke my fibula as a teenager, in a bicycle accident...and while it was treated appropriately, with three weeks in a cast, my family was told "bad sprain."

I sprained the same ankle last year at age 50 and the radiologist spotted the old fracture!

Heal up well and fast, and take care.

Juliana said...

best of luck with your leg, but do take care to keep it up. it's incredibly frustrating but it will heal more quickly that way. after a bicycle accident a few years ago, i ignored that advice and continue to suffer the effects. so when i broke my ankle very badly last summer i forced myself to take it (relatively!) easy and it's healing better as a result...

juliana farha / dilettantemusic.com

Alixkovich said...

I'm sure you'll be as great as if you hadn't broken any bone!
But...just une thing, in French, it's Merci mille fois and not Merçi mille fois ;-P

Isabel said...

Brava Joyce!!!Oleeee!!!!
Thanks a lot for your effort!!
Now I'm more excited because I'm going next Friday!!

Get well soon!
Muchas gracias!

Isabel(Spain)

Isabel said...

Brava Joyce!!!Oleeee!!!!
Thanks a lot for your effor!!
Now I'm more excited because I'm going next Friday!!

Get well soon!
Muchas gracias!

Isabel(Spain)

Phenix 7.7.7. said...

Bravo for you, your great courage and your nice humor. I wish the best for you, your carrier and family.

Lively you and thank you to be.

JF Parent (France).

Amy said...

You represent the best of America: character, bravery, and talent...and you sing like an angel! I'm in awe.

Jarek said...

Dear Joyce, best wishes to recover as soon as possible from your Polish fans. I have travelled to London from Wroclaw (western Poland) with mu two daughters Alexandra (10 yo) and Susanna (7 yo). They both admired your Cenerentola in Barcelona and Romeo in Paris. How worth of those travels you were! Your Rosina is simply to die for as we all know. Hopefully you are feeling better today. All our best, Jarek

Minji said...

You go, Girl!
You showed what real american acts are like on Independence day!
We are proud of you!
Get well soon!

Rui Carvalho said...

Dear Joyce,

Certainly I will never ever wish you 'To Break a leg' before a performance. I am Portuguese and we usually wish performers 'Muita Merda' before a performance and, according to tradition and the superstition, the performer MUST not express gratitude. Can't wait to see you on Friday. Muita, muita, muita Merda and sincere wishes of a quick recovery.
Lisbon Opera House is waiting for you....

Rui Carvalho

Mandolin Vision said...

Love the pun!
I hope you feel better.
Raisa