It’s been pretty easy so far to keep my life integrated with both home stuff and music. I gave myself through the holiday weekend to “labor,” as it were, and get the house settled; then on Tuesday it was back to work. I did some practicing (working on the Mozart Requiem for early October) and some organizing of rep for a few upcoming competitions, along with touching up paint in the dining and living rooms. It was a perfect balance of work and home. My goal is to keep active with my music - arranging and preparing for auditions, learning new rep, etc. – and to avoid any kind of extended downtime. (Last year, for example, I essentially took a month “off,” enjoying being home after being away for two months. When I started requesting auditions, many were full already. I don’t want to let that happen this year.) I have several gigs this fall, though, that are keeping me focused.
Then today, I received confirmation that two big gigs I had hoped for this season are really going to happen! Ainadamar (I know it’s been a while, but remember that?) is being performed in New York in January as part of Lincoln Center’s Golijov Festival, and Osvaldo and Peter requested that they ask the ensemble from Santa Fe to come and participate. I had an email waiting for me this morning from the contemporary music producer for Lincoln Center, asking me to come and sing the three performances there. Woohoo! How fun. Not all of the women in the ensemble are free to come to NYC, but many of us will be there; it will be a wonderful mini-reunion.
The second gig also is Ainadamar! (I’m going to call 05-06 My Season of Golijov.) There is a Deutsche-Grammophon recording being arranged in Atlanta in November, in conjunction with three more performances. These perfs will be conducted by Bob Spano, who just conducted The Ring in Seattle, to much acclaim, and who led the first premiere of Ainadamar at Tanglewood in 2003. It will be great to work with him again; he is the one who really helped me find my duende. He is also conducting the US concerts of the La Pasion tour in February. I’m really starting to get a sense of how one is surrounded by the same people in this business, even though we don’t really live in the same place. It’s fascinating. Of course, Dawn and Kelley and Jessica (and Osvaldo!) will be there, too; what a blast!
I’m giddy! Off to BedBath&Beyond for a bit of domestic grounding. But only a bit…