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Happy Autumn!

Fall greetings to one and all!  So much to catch up on, but I’m afraid my days are currently filled with cramming in a new production of Barbiere here in Berlin (2 days of rehearsal – WOW!) and HEAVY DUTY preparation for Rosenkavalier which starts next week.  (How did it get here so fast?!?!)

So while I’m eager to share loads of thoughts, in the meantime I will simply post a few photos from a recent trip to Salt Lake to see my husband conduct his first Boheme (Bravo, Amore!) to wish you all a VERY happy autumn! Enjoy the smell of the leaves falling, the beautiful colors and the chance to slow down just a bit before the winter hibernation!!

CHEERS!

Modern Art or Mother Nature

Beautifully jagged

Shimmers

Standing tall

Isolation

11 Comments

  1. Lola said…

    Great photos…!

    Loking forward to your first european Octavian… See you in Madrid…

    Happy Halloween…!

  2. Annie said…

    These are so great! Reminds me to get outside and hit Central Park to soak up the autumn wonders before “the W word” hits!

    Come sing Octavian here in NYC!!

    Annie

  3. Vanette Van Note said…

    Great photos and oh so necessary in these darkening days, especially here in Stockholm.

  4. Vigo said…

    I attended the performance of the “Barber of Seville” in Berlin on 24th October. What a performance! It was for ne one of the funniest, most entertaining and musically best Rossini performances I ever saw and I have a lot. There were four great singers and comedians on the scene: you, marvelous in singing and acting, the funny and charming Antonino Siragusa, Dalibor Jenis and Carlos Chausson. What a cast, not too forget the excellent conductor! I hope you had at least a bit of the fun yourself that you gave to the audience! Many, many thanks! The stage director Katharina Thalbach is a great actor herself, I have seen her in several roles here in Berlin, and she knows how to move the spectators.
    Hope to see you again here
    Vigo

    • Jerome648 said…

      Wonderful comment, Vigo! I’m sure all of Berlin agrees with you. We feel the same way about her here in the States.

      8>)

      L&H,

      Jerry

  5. Klaus said…

    I hope,you enjoyed the Mahler as much as I did tonight. What a delightful coincidence, to meet you waiting in front of the hall and being able, to talk to you a little. Looking forward to your Rosina tomorrow.
    Klaus

  6. Auntie Opera Nut said…

    those mountains are definitely not in the Berlin i know – but they’re lovely pix. Sei er gut, Quin-Quin – Tschüssi

  7. Austin Pearce said…

    Ditto

  8. Klassikfan said…

    Just returned back from Berlin where I attended your last “Barber of Seville” yesterday. I can only agree to what Vigo wrote: The funniest, liveliest, most colourful and simply perfect production of this opera I have ever seen. You guys must have had a lot of fun on stage, otherwise one cannot give such a tremendous performance as a whole cast. I heard so many people say after the show: “Unique! Never been to such a delightful opera! And above all JOYCE DIDONATO!!” I really hope that it won’t come true what you said at the stage door: “Probably my last Rosina…” – Thanks a lot for this outstanding performance!!!

  9. Klaus said…

    Thank you so much, Joyce, for the wonderful Rosina here in Berlin on Sunday. I especially loved your embellishments, your playing around with the notes, colors,shades of this music. Great production,you were right .
    I’m going through the videos, just love the preparation of roles videos.
    All the best. Good luck for Octavian.
    Klaus

  10. Austin Pearce said…

    Joyce DiDonato and Elina Garanca are my favorite mezzo-sopranos! Rosina is a great vehicle for Joyce and Carmen is a great vehicle for Elina! I hope both have a great 2010-11 season! Is Elina a coloratura mezzo-soprano? Joyce and Elina are better than Susan Graham! I suggest that Joyce should sing Carmen someday!

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