Wow, what a week. Just 7 days ago, I was on a high from opening night in Philadelphia (“Salome”). We completed that short run on May 10. I flew to Cleveland the next day and quickly was thrown into rehearsals for a new role, The Forester, in “The Cunning Little Vixen”. Now, jumping into any show that quickly is a challenge. However, when it is indeed a new role and a role in Czech, well, the difficulty factor jumps tenfold. But, I have to say it’s been a wonderful challenge. Tonight, we had our final dress rehearsal here at Severence Hall with what is truly one of my favorite orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra.

What an extraordinary production this is as well. I don’t want to give too much away--but, it’s magical. It shouldn’t be missed if you are any where near the city in the coming week. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

I didn’t know this score very well until just a few months ago. I started more diligent work on the piece in January and have completely fallen in love with this incredible opera. The music is so atmospheric. The characters are delightful. And the beauty abounds. I was told I should look at this role MANY years ago but the opportunity didn’t arise until recently for that to happen. I’m glad it’s indeed happening in Cleveland.

I am so fortunate to be spending these 2-3 weeks, near the end of a long season, with two such extraordinary orchestras--clearly 2 of the world’s best.