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Meet Gabriel, the sweetest, scene-stealing Donkey you’ll ever meet.


This is Gabriel, the adorable, mild-mannered Donkey that graces the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for our production of The Barber of Seville. He’s only one element that makes this run so fun and refreshing and wonderful. We are actually rehearsing this week to add in 2 new cast members, which means those of us that have been performing these past weeks have to bring in the new colleagues and get them settled in and familiar to the production, as well as adapt our performances to incorporate the new colors and interpretations of the new guys. I’ll be honest – it’s a BIT hard to come back to the rehearsal room and focus on the details again since we’ve already opened, but happily this group of singers (and friends, really), is so great, we’ve been having a wonderful time – with more laughter than should probably be allowed!

It makes me step back (once again!) and just revel in the reality of how much I love what I do. We’re singing, we’re playing, and we’re laughing (along with working, of course!), but it’s an environment of joy and celebration, and that makes all the difference in the world! We have had wonderful audiences who seem so HAPPY to come to the theater and LAUGH and let loose a bit, and so for us up on the stage, the enjoyment is all the greater.

Last Sunday I sang a joint recital with Eric Owens for the George London Foundation. A number of years ago I was the recipient of an award from the London Foundation, and it was an enormous help for me – not only financially, but also a huge vote of confidence, and I’m sure it helped a few reluctant people in the business start to take me a bit more seriously. Eric was also a lucky recipient and a fellow Houston Opera Studio Member. We hadn’t shared a stage since “Jackie O” back in 1997, and it was brilliant to hear his sonorous voice again.

This is just a short update, as so many things are going on here in NY this trip! If you’re in the Big Apple, please feel free to stop by the Met Opera Shop on Tuesday, Nov 3, for my first CD Signing at the Met for the COLBRAN DISC (in the top 10 on the Billboard chart this week!), and come help New York City Opera kick off its all-important 2009-10 season with our big gala on November 5, “American Voices” with a great line-up of American Singers helping kick off the festivities.

I think that’s more hyper-links than I’ve ever used in a single post before, but just trying to keep everyone informed!

I’ve also received a few bits of really exciting news this past week – can’t post anything yet, but I believe there will be some happy fans out there….will post as soon as I can! Oh, and for the FINAL kicker – THIS absolutely knocked me over when a friend from college sent it to me! You have to actually scroll through Halle Berry and Charlize Theron, etc. to get to me (I’m #14), but I thought it was pretty wild!! It will be one for the scrapbook – if I only had time to keep one!

So it’s a scattered, random-type posting, but it’s a big accomplishment during the World Series Week!

9 Comments

  1. [Lilith] said…

    Looking forward to the exciting news! :D So happy you are having a great time!

    Something really funny happened to me when I was at my classical music store yesterday. I was looking around and this girl from the shop comes towards me with your Cenerentola and says: "Had you seen this?" She couldn't finish the phrase before I literally grabbed it from her hand and rushed it into my basket xD

    And this morning I finally got the rest of my tickets for Diana's Konstanze! The girl at Liceu was amazed I was going three times to parterre, and twice to the 2nd floor. But hey, it's the money I've earned playing in an orchestra. I shouldn't spend it in any other way than buying DVDs and going to the opera!

    All my love,

    Irene

    PS: Only two days so I can order your CD!

  2. ManuBob said…

    I can't wait to see you again next Saturday. For me, your Rosina is definitive.

  3. Mimi said…

    Congratulations on the new CD! Mine arrived this morning and I absolutely love it (I don't particularly love the price of postage from the US to the UK but never mind :P). It certainly deserves to be in the top 10 and I'm glad I was so impatient as to order it before it came out over here!
    Good luck with the rest of the Barber of Seville run, I really enjoyed watching the performance from 2007 on metplayer and I just wish that I could take a couple of days off school to fly to New York, watch it and fly home!
    Finally, congrats on being no. 14 in 'sexy women of 2009'. :P

    Best Wishes! xx

    P.S. I love the picture of you in the piano from the last post!

  4. Irishrover said…

    Haha, how do you feel now knowing that you're the 14th sexiest woman alive? :D

    That's a lots of events, thanks for keeping us informed! Looking forward to this exciting news you talked about, hope you will tell us soon!

    Have fun ^^

  5. Raisa said…

    Once again, it has been such a great joy to attend your Morgan recital – thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration!
    Can't wait for the next good news.
    Speaking of good news, La Cenerentola arrived yesterday. My husband and I are watching it tonight!Hooray – the whole opera instead of You Tube clips!
    Congratulations on #14!!!
    Mr. Gabriel is a cutie – what a face!He's got a major acting challenge – to play himself. Tough one.

  6. Chris said…

    Why don't you get together with the two other singers in the group (Jessica Biel and Leona Lewis) and sing us a trio, like, say, from Rosenkavalier. What fun that would be.

  7. Sibyl said…

    So much lovely news and I am fixated on the beautiful donkey and how not every brilliant singer can appreciate a good, erm, ass.

  8. Edible Marie said…

    Why I do not check your blog more often, I don't know. I just found out about your Rossini disc here and became really excited. I am now listening to it on napster as I type. Not the usual chestnuts, yay! I think I may be Cenerentola-ed out. (Though I went to a fun production in a church here in Baltimore – my boyfriend's very first opera!)

    Your coloratura is a marvel as usual. *bouncebouncebounce*

  9. Harmony Belarmino said…

    And sweet. I fed them cinnamon rolls and brushed them. When we parted, I was rewarded with a couple of good hee-haws.

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