Happy New Year!!
I know, I know. What can I say? It's been a busy several months, and there's lots to share, so let's get cracking!
I spent the turn of the new year singing Edith in The Pirates of Penzance at NYU's Skirball Center with NYGASP, and flew to Los Angeles the day after we closed to participate in OperaWorks' Winter Intensive. Two blissful weeks with Ann Baltz and the incredibly creative and supportive crew she has assembled on the faculty, plus 31 remarkable artists at all different stages of their careers and artistic development. Daily yoga. Condancing (that's conducting, taken to a whole new level.) Improv. Movement class. Brain and psychology seminar. Marketing workshop. Community. New friends. Respect. So much happiness! (Find out more about OperaWorks HERE. I love it so much I've done it twice!)
Winter brought another performance of Pirates on my birthday in February, my first feature film (more on that in a bit), a return to Drusilla Kronensprech (#mistressofmelodrama) in Impresario Now! with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater in March in exquisite Key West, Florida, followed by a two-week tour of Pirates covering ground from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf of Mexico (including a mini-break in Las Cruces with the amazing Chris Sanders, a generous soul and an inspiring singer/songwriter, plus one day in El Paso with mezzo extraordinaire, Cherry Duke!). That was quite a tour. Highlights were our performances in Boise, Albuquerque, and Galveston -- the crowds were enthusiastic, the theaters amazing, and the scenery (& sometimes the elevation) breathtaking.
Somewhere in the middle of all that, I had the great pleasure of shooting my first feature film with Brad Mays. I met Brad in 2006 when he shot & directed a documentary about OperaWorks, Sing*ularity. I was so thrilled when he offered me a supporting role in his latest feature film, Road Rage, which he wrote, directed, shot, edited, and co-produced. Road Rage is the story of how one man deals with the loss of his wife, and as you may know, grief ain't pretty. Accordingly, this isn't what I would call a family film, but it's witty and raunchy and beautiful and devastating, and we had great audience response at our Princeton and NYC premieres. If you're interested, DVDs are still available HERE.