Madison Opera recently asked me to name my “favorite thing about being a singer.”
The physical sensation of singing is a thrill (most of the time)…..exploring new repertoire by a great composer excites me (really)…..and of course, belting to high heaven with Caitlin at karaoke night is a cherished pastime. But my “favorite thing” about this life, career, vocation?
“Meeting interesting people from all over the world.”
Sure, “interesting” technically covers a wide range of personality types and temperaments, but the ones I had in mind when I gave that answer are the many good, earnest souls whose paths I’ve thankfully crossed. Their good hearts have far outnumbered the rest, in my experience. Many of these people Caitlin and I count among our best friends.
Over the last three weeks, I’ve had just a blast getting to know some interesting folks: my colleagues in ‘The Turn of the Screw’ at New York City Opera. As I write this we are entering tech week, which brings with it the great excitement of impending performances, but also the realization that we’ll soon all be going our separate ways. I’m already looking forward to the days and gigs ahead which will again bring our paths together. New friendships will be strengthened.
(Check out these interesting people from ‘Turn of the Screw’: Jennifer Goode Cooper (Miss Jessel), Benji Wenzelberg (Miles), Dominic Armstrong (Peter Quint), Sara Jakubiak (Governess), Sharmay Musacchio (Mrs. Grose), Lauren Worsham (Flora), Melissa Harvey (Flora – cover), Tharanga Goonetilleke (Miss Jessel – cover), Kerri Marcinko (Mrs. Grose – cover).)