I heard two dozen young singers from the New England Conservatory and Boston University today. And had 20 minutes to grab a quick Pizza (a $2 price and a $5 value - that was good) after commuting from A to B on the T (subway). Thanks to a medical emergency on the train in front it was something of a trip.
During the morning I was moved to tears - not a daily occurrence I assure you. Not even an annual one. This was the magical effect of a quite marvelous young tenor singing Handel with a ravishing beauty of sound, a flawless technique, and an innocent natural sensibility which was completely winning. Wow! If only that happened more often.
And then after Pizza (I can hardly call it lunch) there was a thrilling knock your socks off soprano who sailed through two mightily difficult pieces with a controlled abandon (yes I guess its possible) and a fearless risk taking attack which was actually totally justified because she did it. She is a winner.
I love these experiences. I gives me back my faith - one can go through days and days of excellent singing, performances which are admirable and professional. And I think - maybe I am getting bored of all this - maybe I am over the hill and can't be excited anymore. Then suddenly - BANG!!
It has been a good week actually all round. I am not done yet though. We have a full day in Chicago on Tuesday, and then after Thanksgiving I am in Philadelphia for Curtis and the AVA. I am also on the jury for the Met Philadelphia district auditions. So I guess I will be hearing some those people more than once.
Looking over my coded lists and comparing them with last year's similar tables, it seems that there have been more excellent young people this year. So I think that we can look forward to some really interesting new blood during the next two COT seasons. Of course we have to get on with hiring them. The best ones will be in huge demand - so we have some interesting weeks of decision taking coming up.
I am now at Boston's Logan Airport where there is completely free WiFi service donated by Google for the holiday period. I take that this is a business rather than philanthropic decision. But thank you Google whatever your motives! In return I will give you a little plug. I am using your Chrome browser on my PC in the office. I am looking forward to trying it at home when it comes to Mac next month. I love it on the PC. It works and it is very pretty. What more can one ask for?
I will be home around 10pm this evening. Lovely weekend ahead!