So Have yourself, a Merry Little Christmas, now.
Congrats to all my wonderful friends and colleagues who helped make last night so much of a lovely success.
I am grateful to each and every person who came and helped this Historic little Church……
Viktor Antipenko, tenor Nicole Piccolomini, mezzo Christopher Collin Lee,violin Merynda Adams, harp, Iveta and Gherman to choreography of Melanie LaPatin…. Charles Gaston Currin for playing so beautifully the “Oh Holy Night” and the fabulous piano and accordion, of newly minted PhD scholar, Mary-Lou Vetere.
Backstage, for Holy Cross Michael Blecha and the one and only, Father Pete Colapietro, Pastor and Holy Cross Director of Music, Charles Gaston Currin…. and to Tony Award Winner for Excellence in Theater, truly legendary Paul Huntley for his gorgeous wig, Eric Winterling Gown, Isabella who dressed me in an Eric Winterling Original creation, Darlene who wigged for Paul who graciously saw to everything IN PERSON, which meant a lot. Angelina Avallone, expert make-up, and to all those in staff who helped coordinate everything, and to Mr. Gallo of Broadway’s newest Hit, Spiderman, who donated lights and his expertise….. Hope we did well for Holy Cross.
Someone taped with the daunting name operaassasin filming from the balcony, caught little tidbits….at the end of the show, with Nicole Piccolomini and an encore Fanciulla aria…… I was so thrilled. I am grateful to him or her for the chance to hear it myself. I like this gentleman who did the video, he obviously LOVES opera; he has on tumbler a great site called Manifesto. Provocative and thoughtful, even just the early entry. His youtube channel is really new but filled with some very interesting clips as he seems genuinely motivated to preserve for future generations some wonderful moments from opera. I admire his effort and am grateful for his attention to my work.
Now on to getting in physical shape and to being of service to music and my beloved opera.