Happy New Year!

Greetings from Lonigo, Italy where I am about to embark on another Handel recording with my long standing partners-in-crime, Alan Curtis, and his baroque band, Il complesso barocco. I’ve just dashed in from Baden Baden after a LOVELY New Year’s Eve concert (realizing my dream to sing some of the great American songs of Gershwin and Porter and Arlen with orchestra!), after having dashed home for a few days to be buried in the biggest midwest blizzard ever to hit on Christmas Day, after having dashed in from London (via Los Angeles) for a very moving birthday concert for Julius Drake at the Wigmore Hall. Why do I feel that it’s already May?

No – it’s not! It’s only January 2, and I’m late in wishing you each a most happy New Year. May your 2010 be filled with magic, and music, and love, and joy, and more bliss than you can possibly imagine.

And aside from this little photo from the thrilling fireworks display outside my hotel on New Year’s Eve, I leave you with one little quote:

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

~Ellen Goodman

Happy New Year!


  1. Irishrover said…

    Happy New Year to you too Joyce! You were astonishing in Baden Baden, what energy and happiness you were displaying!

    I wish you all the best for this new year, and may you make it according to your wishes.

    Looking forward to seeing the results of the projects you've undertaken 🙂

  2. Raisa said…

    Dear Joyce:
    All the best to you in 2010 and please, continue to share with us your love of music, your talent, your musical insights and your inspiration.
    Happy New Year!

  3. Angela K. Nickerson said…

    Happy New Year to you, too! A Handel recording sounds brilliant, and you've been so busy. I hope you have a chance to enjoy Italy a bit — my favorite destination. May 2010 be gloriously fulfilling!

  4. Mei said…

    Happy 2010…!

    I just wachted your concert yesterday, it was wonderful…

    Looking forward to this new Ariodante recording…

    See you soon…

  5. FleurduMay said…

    Happy New Year!
    May it be a prosperous one and full of achievements.

  6. Wolfgang said…

    Happy New Year to you too!

    The first thing I happened to see on January 1st when I switched on the TV was 1 hour of your fabulous concert in Baden-Baden, thanks to german TV – what a great way to start a new year!!

    Enjoy Italy (did anybody mention the food…?) and have a good time! I already look forward to that record…

    All the best for 2010!!

  7. Chris said…

    Let me add my wishes, too, for a very Happy New Year filled with more successes and triumphs. You appear, from what you say, to be almost too busy. Any chance in 2010 to slow down a bit? Take a month off, go to some tranquil island, do nothing much but listen to the waves and let the birds do the singing? Or is that out of the question in your profession?

  8. Sibyl said…

    They really need to get transporter technology operational for you!

    I hope your 2010 meets all your expectations, but has just enough (positive only!) surprises to keep things lively.

    And thanks for the Ellen Goodman quote, as well.

  9. William V. Madison said…

    You're a very dashing young lady, you know. Bonne Année!

  10. Gi said…

    Here's some more belated Happy New Year wishes, Joyce, and thank you for this new Christmas present: telling us of the new Handel record, how wonderful!
    Thank you also for the inspiring quote.
    Take care.

  11. Ann said…

    Happy New Year!

  12. Happy New Year 2011 everybody! I wish this year will bring everybody a lot of love and health. I hope it will be much better than previous one.

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