So it seems the venerable and original “Desperate Operawife” has tagged me in a “meme”. Let’s have at it:


The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
Each player answers the questions about himself or herself.
At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Ten years ago:

Exactly 10 years ago I had just graduated from the Houston Opera Studio but still had no artistic management – having been politely but soundly rejected by 7 of NY’s bigwigs, I had jobs lined up for the following season in Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona, I had badly misjudged short hair, and was busy living a life according to how I thought other people expected me to live.

Five things on today’s “to do” list:

* Wake up next to my husband for the first time in nearly 6 weeks
* Buy fresh baguette from the downstairs bakery to accompany the peanut butter my husband brought me from home
* Review recits in Capuleti so I can FINALLY get all the text correct in today’s dress rehearsal
* Tell my co-star what a blast it is to perform with her
* Take my husband to my favorite Italian place for the most amazing pasta in the world (we can have French food another day!)

(OK – for those near Paris, it’s “Gli Angeli” on Rue St Giles in the Marais, and they have the most ridiculously delicious pasta!)

Things I’d do if I was a Billionaire:

* A lot of charity – mostly Children’s charities. Children and music – yes, a lot of that!
*Take a safari every year.
* Fund research

Three Bad Habits:

* Not hanging up my clothes at the end of the day
* French fries
* Swearing. Often quite loudly. Often in multiple languages.

Five places I’ve lived:

Permanent residences: Prairie Village, KS, Wichita, KS, Philadelphia, PA, Houston, TX and Kansas City, MO.
Temporary residences: the rest of the world.

Five jobs I’ve had:

In order: Church secretary, Waitress, SINGING waitress, Church choir director/organist, Opera Singer

Five People I’m Tagging:

Little Miss Bossy

It’s probably more information than you ever wanted to know!

And for more pressing business, one more rehearsal left – which is really, essentially a performance since the theater will be packed with donors and friends of the opera, and other lucky folks who scored tickets. We’re all very excited about the show – everyone sounds wonderful, the chorus is on top form, lights still need to be tweeked, and we need this last run to be 100% ready for the opening, but this mezzo can hardly wait – it’s such an honor to sing this role. I still have to figure out how to make it through the last scene without crying.

Time to run – that pasta is calling my name!


THE pasta:

Heaven on a plate
Paglia e Fieno: Fettucine giallo & verde con Prosciutto Crudo di San Daniele con crema di TARTUFO!!