Now that I have had a good sleep and am comfortably settled on my flight back to Chicago, here are a few comments about last evening's most enjoyable Bartered Bride at the Juilliard school.
First and foremost I have to say what a tremendous pleasure it was for us all to have James Levine working his magic in the pit. The principle singers were largely Lindemann Young artists and the chorus Juilliard graduates. For them all, the privilege of working with one of the truly remarkable musicians of our day is, I have no doubt, a life enhancing experience. The establishment of such rigorous discipline at this early stage of each career will define their values for the 30 years or more that they have ahead of them as they begin what in most cases will be A+ professional lives.
The whole of the New York opera family appeared to be present yesterday evening. And they could not have been dosapointed by the singing of Paul Appleby and Layla Claire, two of the brightest and best of the current crop. Two more engaging performances you could not wish for........and I was delighted see Alexander Lewis a brilliant all stutterig, singing, and dancing Vasek. He is a Neue Stimmen "graduate" and the son of two former members of the Glyndebourne Chorus, Michael Lewis and Patricia Price, a professor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Speaking of education you might enjoy this - a little off topic, but definitely a little on!