Topic: Being Happy
So, I am pretty excited. Finally an opera that I want to see coming to town with a singer whose voice I LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Yes, Bass-Baritone god himself, Kansas native, Samuel Ramey is coming to Wichita. I could just about die.
I am getting my tickets tomorrow and it looks as if I'll be less than 10 rows from the master while he sings this truly delicious role. I have always wanted to see him, but no matter how often I was in New York or San Francisco or Seattle or any of the big cities I traveled to on business, it seemed like just miss him. Well, now he's coming to me! Weeeee...I feel 20 again and all giggly like a school girl.
I was just giggling while thinking about this and Matt, who is sitting next to me playing Conquer online right now asked what I was laughing about, and I told him how thrilled I am about seeing Faust with Ramey singing. Every year the same old tired operas roll in and I sigh, blah, Tosca, again, blah, La Boheme, again, blah, The Marriage of Figaro, again. I prayed, when Lord will you send me some good, fun, different opera with a brilliant singer? Hey, we did have Domingo here to sing in Carmen, but sorry, he is so past his prime to be singing that roll - ack. Anyway, Matt didn't get why I was so giggly and excited. So - I brought it down to his level. I told him it would be like him meeting Gary Gygax, the guy who created D&D. He understood me then, but he said he'd sit Gary down and tell him where he went wrong with the game.
Yeah - that won't be happening with me. IF I had the opportunity to meet Samuel Ramey (which I doubt) I think I'd shove my copies of Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni at him to sign and then faint dead away. I've worshipped at the Holy House of Ramey since I first started singing and meeting him would be like - well - meeting my idol. Wow - now that I have that in type, I can't believe I said it, but there it is. I think he and Joan Sutherland, or Birgit Nilsson would be my all time favorite opera singers. Note the lack of tenors on the list. Not the biggest tenor fan in the world, I'm not. They squeak. What can I say? They are always cast as the leading lover and I just could never understand why? WHY? OY! Give me a bass anyday.
Boy, I'm glad Matt's a baritone, so when he sings to me its like melting chocolate. Ahhhh - perhaps I should ask him to belt out some Shennandoah for me? He hasn't done that in a while. Nah - he has too much stage fright for me to sit here and watch him sing. That's something I don't understand. I don't get stage fright. I get excited and my heart races when I walk on stage to perform, but I am never nervous. Some sort of calm just settles on me - nerves of steel I guess after all those weekly performances with the Merry Melody Makers. Six years of that can do it - and countless solos before the entire UCC. Damn I wish that VHS tape of my recital for the 9/11 fundraiser didn't get chewed up by the puppy. I wonder if Larry Pitts has a copy?
Anyway - we are off to the opera and I am counting the days. Wee haa.
Tomorrow is going to be great. It's payday. I am picking up my opera tickets. We are taking the kids to Sabor http://www.saborwichita.com/ for dinner and then out to the Bruce Wards Gallery to see our friend Dustin Craig's live action concert photography.
Dustin has photographed Sevendust, Nickelback, Saliva, Rob Zombie, Black Stone Cherry and many others. Matt's gone with him and was actually in some of the pictures with the bands. I doubt any of those will be in the gallery show, but you never know.
*~*Ahhhh*~* things were nice today. My cold is just about gone. I went to lunch today with my boss and friend Ronda at Sumo and had sushi - oh yum~! A yellowtail, salmon, tuna avacado roll. Delicious. That is three days in a row with Japanese food.
Last night I made grilled scallops and fried rice. I was going to do the soba noodles with sea weed, but went the easier, faster route. Besides, the scallops were in the refrigerator, not the freezer.
Tonight finished the wasabi and tuna rolls I made the night before last when I had also made spicy salmon and california rolls. Now if I can only find a reliable purveyor of golden caviar our homemade sushi will really zing! The guys at Matt's work couldn't believe the stuff I sent in his lunch wasn't from Sumo. (Yes, bragging on myself - but hey - I do deserve it and I don't do it often enough thank you very much!)
Anyway, tomorrow night at Sabor I think I am going to get either the Chilean Sea Bass or the Grilled Swordfish - yummy~! Can't wait - fun night out tomorrow with Matt and the kids.
I'll post pictures of my homemade sushi on my new sushi plates on the photoalbum part of the website instead of the blog. The roses from Valentine's Day that Matt sent me just took up so much space on the site! Well, what can I expect, there were two dozen! Oh, I am in such a cheeky ass mood tonight.
Watch out, Matt, here I come!