I know that I've been away for a lot of time and I don't speak about personal matters here: 2013 has been an intense year where a chapter of my life has been closed painfully, where I had to redefine the words friendship and love. On the other bright side I have been rewarded by great experiences and wonderful people I met on the road and I want to share with whoever is interested in reading it.
I feel lucky and blessed to have my family and that I have been able to learn ( maybe in a tough way) who are my true amazing friends and I'm very grateful for them.....and you know who you are , and who you are not ;)
I have three moments ( four if I add my family time in my hometown in Trieste!) that I want to talk about.....but I won't write much because I carry them daily putting a big smile on my face :)
1) QUITO (Ecuador): I've been invited by the general director of the Fundacion Teatro Nacional Sucre, Chia Patino, to work with the artists of the theater and Chorus for two weeks and I've been blow away by the amount of talent present there but most of all the warmth and caring hearts of the persons I met there and nowadays I have vivid memories of my time there and I really hope to be back there soon.
2) CAMPINAS (Brazil): I'll just say....Valerie, Susan&Thomas,Ted&Irena, Gail&John, Michael&Dennis, Kathryn....and if I forgot anyone, apologies ;)
3) DETROIT: It's the most recent one. I was there to conduct La Traviata with extraordinary casts (Nicole Cabell, Leonardo Caimi, Stephen Powell, Corinne Winters, Zach Borichevsky among all) and fantastic director (Mario Corradi) under the attentive eye of David DiChiera that IS Michigan Opera Theatre.
Well, this period summed up the the two I mentioned above, both professionally and personally.
Whoever reads me knows that usually I like to be specific and talk about individuals, but this time in reminiscing about my Detroit period I want to talk about the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, a group that had my heart after the first orchestra reading!!!!
I might get emotional in talking about them, but only because I remember every second I spent working with MOT having good laughs and intense magical moments that came to life during the performances of La Traviata.
Since the first moment I stepped into the pit I had a great feeling for this group and 20 minutes into the rehearsal I was already in love: a love that grew during the run and gave me so much as musician and as man.
I felt like I was home with them: it was like there was a "special language" we communicated with-- a telepathy--happening like we were one big soul expressing feelings through music. I felt like it was a unique,magical connection, a mutual inspiration......
WOW....sounds like a love letter ;) well.....if they asked me to be there (forever) I'd walk on my feet there for them :)
OK OK OK.....I don't want to raise your blood sugar now and I've been happy to share, briefly, these moments BUT in a selfish way I want to cuddle them all for me ;)
Ciao for now and I hope to be a better blogger in 2014 :)