Friday, November 09, 2007

Too much

I think there just must be too much in my head, too many wonderful things I want to write about, and they are all jumbled up and causing a backlog… Let me see if I can’t get some of the awesomeness of the last few days out this morning.

Wednesday night I got to be an audience member for once, and I took in a lovely Traviata with BD. Our seats (his season ticket seats) were just perfect, and I got to take him on a bit of a “VIP / guest of a Met artist” tour during the first intermission. It was fun to get to know him a bit more, this lover of opera, and of course we rubbed elbows with blog buddies during the second intermission.

The night got even better as I came out into the cold (finally!) night air and started to walk home. I have a slightly obsessive habit of checking my email on my phone, and before I was past the fountain in the middle of Lincoln Center plaza, I had opened a very unexpected email from the Sullivan Foundation: “Congratulations!” Are you kidding?!?!? I think I let out an shriek of some kind, startling the opera patrons filing past me, and I ducked under the State Theater overhang to collect myself – and lean against a wall before I fell down!

I called my parents, and was able to share the news through tears. When they are in town next week to see Figaro, we’ll be going out for a fancy New York dinner to celebrate – my treat! Any suggestions?

There’s more, of course: the ups and downs of this weeks rehearsals, lunch with certain baritones whose initials are SK and BT, learning that two of my favorite colleagues (LW & MW, no relation) also won Sullivan awards… it’s just been a dream. I wish I could capture the sweetly awkward conversations I had with both of them yesterday. When you win a competition, it’s so hard to inquire about your friends; there’s no easy way to say, “I won a Sullivan grant! Did you?” We approached each other (in both cases) hopeful that the other had won, but worried about hurt feelings or disappointment. “Um, did you hear…” “Uh-huh, did you?” “Yeah, um…” “Did you…?” “Yeah. Did you?” “YES!!!” There was lots of shrieking and hugging and jumping up and down. I somehow enjoyed my win even more when I knew I was in such good company.

I’m almost late, as always, so I’ll write more later! Lots of thoughts on tomorrow’s excitement…

13 comments:

Melissa said...

EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

xoxox :)

Scatterbrained Seal said...

Congratulations on a second Sullivan award!! What a wonderful bit of news before your Figaro premiere. :) I've said it before, and I'll say it again: toi toi, my dear!

Mme A said...

Congratulations a million times over, ACB! How thrilling!

When you post more of the details later, would you mind including the details of the process - what you sang, your history with this foundation, etc? Thanks so much.

Stay cute!

Rahree said...

Congratulations, CON-gra-TU-LA-tions! Congratulations, nicely done!

It couldn't have gone to a finer artist/lovelier person!

JSU said...

Congratulations!

You might try Telepan on W69th St.

nick said...

CONGRATS!!!!! I am so happy for you!

Enjoy it! I'm sending your congratulatory hugs across the ocean through the internet!

pattyoboe@mac.com said...

Woo hoo to you! Congratulations, and celebrate well!

Kevin said...

As you know deep down, well deserved. Brava.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the news! Gramercy Tavern (a la olde New York), Union Square Cafe (always a classic), Jean-Georges (great food, near the Met), or The Modern (ultra-modern-chic). Have fun celebrating!

suchstuff said...

hooray! congratulations!

alex said...

congrats congrats! this is such wonderful news!

i'm sorry i don't have any food suggestions for nice places...plenty of favorite haunts from when i lived in the area, but none of them are "nice" :)

coloratur...aaah said...

Thanks for your comment re: my opening, and a BIG Congrats on the Sullivan Award! I remember how excited you were about it last year and it's great to see a repeat performance and its reward :)

Em-Cat said...

I'm so happy for you! I can see that you've worked so hard and you totally deserve it!

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