Monday, June 30, 2008
Yesterday, we took our first trip over to Urbania to rehearse with the orchestra at the Teatro Bramante in preparation for our performance on Friday night. It was incredible. This quaint little teatro was the sight of the premier of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. The theater is ornately decorated with artistic design and filled with rich, vibrant colors. Just to be standing there on the stage was like a dream. It was one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen in Italy. I am thrilled to have the chance to sing there on Friday. The small, 20-piece orchestra played wonderfully! I sat and listened to the other two of the Il Trittico and I was just so impressed! Our Tabarro cast is absolutely outstanding and I could hardly believe it when I was listening to them sing. Again, the same is true with the cast of Gianni Schicci. The performance is going to be very memorable and quite a spectacular evening!
Upon arrival in Urbania, I received a message from an Italian man I had ever met before. He was looking for me because an old friend of mine, who is now living in Rome, found out that I was in Italy. The man asked – do you know Jason… and I was thinking – say what??? Jason and I studied together with Janice Yoes at the University Arkansas 12 or 13 years ago. He was older and left long before me. He now lives in Rome with his family and wanted to connect with me here in Italy. Janice must have told him I was here! The world is actually a very small place!
Today we have our last day of musical wood-shedding. Tomorrow night is the dress rehearsal with the orchestra, back in Urbania. We then have two performances – Thursday & Friday! This is what we have been working towards! WOW! - Have I said “Wow” enough??? I am in a constant state of awe!