29. November 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

to read that Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was back! Alex Ross blogs about that good news as well as some news he says is bad. (I’m sorry to say I’ve not read Richard Dyer so I guess I won’t know what I missed … or at least I wouldn’t have except that Alex Ross has supplied a link to his writing and now I’ll have to, of course, read his work.)

Anyway, I’m so happy to read that one of my favorite singers has come back, and is sounding wonderful (and looking healthy)! I haven’t blogged about all the speculation, because I didn’t want to jump on the speculation bandwagon. Enough folks had done that anyway and, I dunno, I felt like I would sound like a gossip if I did hop on. (I’m so darn good at gossip and it’s so difficult for me to avoid it. I think this is a typical performer’s plight.) But I was wondering about her, and was relieved to hear that she was back, although I’m sure sorry it wasn’t in time for Dr. Atomic. I’m selfish that way.

My little bitty connection to Lorraine is that she attended San Jose State University when I was there, we played in the San Jose Symphony (RIP) together (she on viola) as well as the Misdummer Mozart Festival Orchestra and, when we played a particular Nutcracker gig each year, she’d play her viola and then sing when we got to the dance of the snowflakes. I also heard her sing in an opera (I’m thinking it was very early opera, but I can’t say for sure) when we were in college; I’ll never forget seeing our orchestra conductor’s jaw nearly drop to the floor when he heard her voice. He knew her as a violist only. She also sang, I could swear it was as a soprano, in San Jose Symphony (RIP) performances of Messiah some years back and just blew us all away. She is one unbelievable musician, to be sure.
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