Oops…missed a few!
Last week was actually REALLY eventful! So many things going on, and I skipped around.
Monday morning Alyssa went to school early to practice. I started my day normally, took a shower, went to fill up my water bottle, and as I was coming out of the bathroom, I slipped. The perfect movie slip where you can feel your feet coming completely off the ground, and up behind you. I tried to catch myself, but fell out of the bathroom, and directly only my right kneecap. OUCH. I pretty much started crying instantly, and my poor next door dorm neighbor heard and called through the door asking if I was okay. (I was just in my towel so I insisted he not come in. Haha.)
I’m fine. My knee hurts a bit, bruised knee cap, but the real kicker was the burn from the linoleum floor. Ow. In case I didn’t mention it before, our bathroom is about 6-7” taller than the floor of the main bedroom. It was not a pleasant experience!
Later that day, I was scheduled to sing in a masterclass for soprano, Helen Donath. I brought my heels with me so that I didn’t walk around in them all day, and took care of my knee. Working with Helen was an interesting experience and it took me a while to process! She works very quickly and throws a lot at you, but I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her. Besides being an incredible soprano, she is from my mom’s home town. What a small world.
She was a very sweet and passionate woman who clearly wanted to do all she could to help those young performers who wanted to make opera their careers also. It went well until she unexpectedly tried to get me to dance, not being aware of my knee injury. I held on as long as I could, but had to stop her when the pain was too much. (I really try to do anything they ask of me in masterclasses since it’s always a great learning experience….this time was too much! :p )
Fast forward, Tuesday afternoon Alyssa and I performed in the program’s Midterm concert. We performed “Die Bekehrte” by Hugo Wolf. For me it was a piece I had done on my Senior recital, and Alyssa and I had programed for our benefit concerts. It was great going back to work on a song I knew well, but to approach it from a place of growth and development. We were thrilled with our performance, and it was so wonderful to get to hear the rest of our colleagues in the program perform as well. I am blown away by the talent and the stage presence of every person in this program. It’s truly inspiring to learn from each other.
OK, I’m now fast forwarding to Thursday, where Alyssa and I got to perform in the Schloss Mirabell Honorable Mention Winner’s concert at the Saal Dommusik. (Music Hall behind the main cathedral) We performed Tornami from Alcina by Handel. I am so grateful we were selected to perform at this concert, and for being able to make such fast progress through lessons and coachings. Luly Duo was great!
The first picture is Alyssa and I at the Saal Dommusik, and the second is a picture of the entire group of performers. Everyone did a stellar job, and I was humbled to be a part of this great group! So much fun :)
Back to Friday, after the Thomas Hampson lecture, we went to get dessert for dinner at the famous Cafe Sacher. They are most known for their Sachertorte, which one of the people in our group got, but we were advised by the director of our program that if we wanted a true authentic Austrian dessert, we had to get the Salzburger Nockerln, which is essentially a fluffy egg souffle that is served in three mounds, representing the three mountains of Salzburg. (Festungsberg,Mönchsberg, and Kapuzinerberg) It is traditionally served with some sort of fruit jam, or, like with ours, raspberry whipped cream. YUM! Our group shared one, and it was delicious. Light, airy, sweet, and only a little bit guilty. After that, Alyssa and I went to see a broadcast of a past Festival production of Verdi’s Fallstaff. It was so much fun to sit outside and watch on this giant screen with our view of the castle on the mountain. A perfect way to spend a Friday evening!