I was quite content to be in New York City late last week. I have been working on all new opera literature and was excited and honestly, slightly nervous, to present it to my teacher. I took a two hour lesson and wow……..came away with a great deal of information. I love visiting Rosa – she is a font of knowledge and inspiration!
I saw two operas at the Metropolitan Opera while I was there– Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette…….gorgeous production………quite wow. I was quite amused at the Las Vegas themed setting of Verdi’s Rigoletto. I am always amazed not only by the high level of artistry, but the creativity and imagination of the sets and costumes as well. I never tire of going there. I have seen many, many productions at the Met and it always lifts my spirit just walking up to Lincoln Center, seeing the fountain and the opera house all lit up….it’s just magical!
On Friday I visited the Guggenheim Museum and treated myself to a fancy lunch. I happened to be in the city during Restaurant Week. The exhibitions were changing out at the Guggenheim but they still had some interesting avant garde installations by Chinese artists that I found quite entertaining and thought provoking. I love art museums. I experience the same sort of giddy energy at museums that I feel walking in to a concert hall.
Going to New York and immersing myself in the arts always recharges my battery. I can sense it in my singing and I could see it in my teaching this week. I even played tennis well today! Needless to say: I heart New York.