I am deeply grateful for the body of work I have produced over the past eighteen years – both in rehearsal and in performance.

Back then, my mind’s eye was filled with imaginings of what it could, or should be. The goals I could reach. What I might become…

Now, my heart is full of the people I’ve met, the voices I’ve heard, the moments when time stood still… whether in the privacy of a rehearsal room or onstage under the gaze of our watchful partners, the audience.

As we took a pause in our life trajectories, to care for our communities and our loved ones in the wake of the pandemic, it was with gratitude and humility that I looked back on the privileges and freedoms of an open and thriving society. Much can be different, better, now that we once again are able to move, socialize, and perform. In many regards, this timeout has presented as an opportunity to restructure the very foundation of our art and our business to better serve both artists and audience, as well as the art form we love. So many colleagues are stepping up and leading that change – both onstage and off…

For the past few years, I have opted to stay close to home to be present and support my mother, who is navigating the trials and mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease. To be her companion is a privilege, and a gift of immeasurable beauty.

But for many reasons, not the least of which is financial, I am beginning 2023 by dipping my toe back into the deep end of the opera waters… Happy, Excited, Scared out of my wits…

I’ve held her hand through the worst of her journey, and I feel certain she wants me to get back into the mayhem of Life. At least part of the time: and Now, while I still have some tricks in my bag…

So here we go! 2023… The Year of Yes!

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