On March 10th, 2020 my first 2 gigs were postponed due to the swiftly encroaching Covid-19 pandemic. I spent the subsequent days throwing myself a lovely little pity party over the lost income and opportunity to shine, oblivious to the changes the world and I were about to undergo.
These days I find myself somewhat emotionally electrified, on the regular, when returning to spaces (theaters) and routines (auditions, rehearsals) that feel and look relatively the same, in deep contrast to myself who, for better or worse, is not the same person they were two years ago. I say electrified because it is initially shocking; the wave of emotions that rolled through me at the start of my first in-person audition in over two years; the emotion I felt returning to the BCA recently, and being met by the poignant memory of embracing my dad in the lobby three years earlier, after a performance of the last opera he’d see me perform in.
It’s a lot. ‘Overwhelming’ is an understatement. And yet the world has the audacity to keep turning and we have no choice but to go with it. And on March 19th and 20th, 2022, the show will FINALLY go on. I’ll be singing a featured duet, and with the chorus with Boston Baroque, performing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day at WGBH Studios in Boston. The event will be presented both in-person and via live-stream and tickets are available here.
Two years later and I’m still excited to perform this duet, except the reasons why have changed slightly. To me “Laudamus Te” is about joy and gratitude. We made it! We did it! We're still somehow standing. I don't necessesarily think that a perfromance of this piece two years ago would have seen me delivering that same message.
So come revel in some joyful music with me. Hope to see you there.