Rethinking and Reevaluating

Dear Fellow Humans,

I've been thinking about how to respond to the quickly changing world in which we live. Who could have imagined that COVID-19 would so ravage the world? What does the pandemic mean for opera, not only as an art form but as a career? How do we pivot and adapt to meet our audiences needs? How do satisfy our artistic and creative impulses? I don't have answers yet, but I feel that now, more than ever, is the time to start considering these questions.

In the following weeks, I will be releasing brief blog posts wherein I begin to flush out ideas. These ideas are written here as fodder for discussion and feedback. Maybe, one or two people will read them and, having done so, be engaged in their own struggle with the same questions.

I think it's also important to practice balance. I would like to post a few short recipe blog posts. I've been vegan now for almost three full years. I'd like to, hopefully, entertainingly share some of my favourite dishes that I've learned on the way. What is it like cooking on a schedule around rehearsals and performances, you may ask? Well, I have some ideas! I have also some warnings about what not to cook and eat before you sing in someone's face for several hours, assuming in our post-Corona world we can be close enough to matter.

I will also present a third kind of post. One that maybe talks more personally about my journey in the last few years. What led me to Germany, what I've done while being here, and what is possibly in the future. Language barrier stories abound along with cultural misunderstandings. Maybe also in the mix will be discussions of auditions horror stories, my struggles with audition anxiety, and finding joy in small things; for example: Plants.

I hope that you enjoy these brief musings in the coming weeks. I wish you all the best and much health.



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