Hello dear friends!
Sorry it seemed as if I dropped off the side of the earth! I haven't! After all that singing and performing - my body needed a rest! SO - rest it is getting!
My latest challenge has been coming down off such a mountain-top experience. As performers, we work feverishly toward a big performance and then it comes and goes with the blink of an eye. Then what? The life of a performer is such that you are then off to the next gig. I am sure over the course of my life and my career there will be many gig's and people to accompany those gig's however - this was a truly special group of people and an experience that I am sure will be unparalleled to anything else in my life. I will carry it with me always and it has forever changed me. I am so thankful.
Music is like that - but people make all the difference. Singing Puccini in Italy is magical however meeting a befriending the people of Piobbico and those within The Professional Advantage was life changing. We are impacted and influenced by people and relationships. The people I met and befriended this summer gave so much to me both as an artist and as a person. It was as if we knew each other for years. And while that was not the case - it will be now. These relationships will last far beyond Piobbico and cross way beyond language barriers. I think part of why this happened had to do with timing and place in life, but also because of who these individuals actually are as people. I have been so blessed to know them and they have deposited so much into my life.
Grazie mi nuove amici e grazie Piobbico!
As for me and what's next... I am off to the next gig as they say. It is time to start learning new music and thinking about the fall audition season. There is always more to learn! I also plan to join some type of Italian conversation group so I can continue with my language development! I will keep you all posted as well! Thanks for reading about my trip to Italy! I hope you learned something and had fun alongside me! Keep coming back - you never know where the adventure of music will take you!