Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Surprises

A good surprise: Opening my letter from the Sullivan Foundation to discover that the amount of my encouragement award is almost twice what I was expecting! Hallelujah. A voice lesson and a few rep coachings are on the horizon (remember that Czech stuff? Yeah, me too…), plus paying for my recording and accompanists for all my auditions. I may not be paying application fees this year, but I’m taking my pianist with me whenever possible. At $35 a pop, it adds up – but it is worth it! I will also use some of the money for new headshots, probably in January. Rent just went up, so this will help smooth that transition, as well as refill the savings account a bit.

A bad surprise: I also learned this week that now two very important people in my life, Friends and Mentors (each are both to me) are facing breast cancer. There is nothing that makes one feel more helpless than knowing that your loved ones are suffering in a way that you can do nothing to alleviate. Not much more to say about this... Well, not anything that I would want printed in a public forum…

The trip to Boston (actually the South Shore; I never made it into the city…) was wonderful – oh, to live by the ocean again – and included another surprise, of sorts. The groundwork is being laid for some potentially awesome work. Something completely different, but fun and challenging. Details to come…

This week’s auditions: Opera Company of Philadelphia (I’m making a day trip to Philly for this one), Canadian Opera Company, and Bard Summerscape Festival.

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Congrats on the extra money and have wonderful auditions. Can't wait to hear about this potential gig.

Michael Manning said...

Hi! My apologies for not being around more. I am working on a Cancer project over at my Blog that involves music. But I wanted to say "Congratulations"! I loved reading about the hard work and yes---money you are investing in the headshots and pianist. But in the long run, it will be worth it. Your friends are in my thoughts and prayers. My Mom beat the big "C" so have Faith! My Best!

The Royal Plumber said...

Congrats again on the Sullivan award! Unexpected money is always a big plus. I'm sorry to hear about your Friends and Mentors. I know that can be very difficult, but I know your love and support, while not able to alleviate their suffering, will bring them happiness and strength knowing that you're there for them. I hope all goes well with that. As for the auditions, I'm somewhat surprised to see you're still auditioning. Even a 19-week contract at the Met won't stop you, but is that to be expected from all singers? Good luck, and take care!

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