Even Divas Get a Day Off

How exciting is it that you will all be able to hear about Jennie’s experiences while she is living in Milan for the next year and a half!?  I’m SO unbelievably proud of her for taking this step in her career.

I would love to be able to report to you that I sang in the Classical Singer competition, did an amazing job, and I am moving forward to the second round.

HOWEVER, Winter Storm Jonas reared its ugly head, wreaking havoc on the East Coast, causing the competition to be cancelled (and rescheduled to a date not chosen yet).

What does a Diva do under these circumstances?  Here I was, ready to perform my heart out, and instead I am left with 2 feet of snow.  So, I called up my friends in the neighborhood and proceeded to put music aside for a moment.  Snow angels, sledding, and snowball fights took the place of singing for a weekend.  As much as I like to stand on my soapbox and brag about being highly disciplined when it comes to practicing my craft, it is also good for a Diva to take a break every now and then to recharge.  After all: work hard, play harder seems to be the phrase that New Yorkers love most.

Fellow East Coasters – leave comments on this post and tell me how you spent your snowy weekend!



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Fearless Feeling

Currently at the Mediterranean Opera Studio, Christina and I have had the pleasure of working with the brilliantly talented and inspiring Nelly Miricioiu in daily lessons. After one of these lessons I wanted to post this status update to my Facebook page:

Wow, what a workout!!! – Nelly Miriciou’s Voice Lesson. – 😊 Feeling Connected.

The act of letting go and releasing tension made me think of this quote:

“If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

The journey is our process.
The truth is our sound.
The music is our release.


~ J & C

Master Class



As many of you have heard by now, Meryl Streep has been cast to play Maria Callas in the upcoming movie, “Master Class,” which is based on a play of the same name by Terrence McNally.  The play had its Broadway premiere in 1995, with Zoe Caldwell giving a Tony-award winning performance as Callas.  I couldn’t be more excited for this movie, since I have the utmost respect for Meryl Streep, and I adore Maria Callas and view her as the quintessential diva.

I was trained as an actress before I became serious about music, and to see an actress like Meryl Streep cast in this role makes me think that Hollywood made the right choice.  Streep is a true artist and a true poshie.  I would love to know the method she uses in which she develops her characters and what process she goes through to create each character’s speech patterns, gestures, and motivations.  She is so effective and believable each time I have seen her on screen, and I’m excited to see how she creates Callas.  A legend portraying a legend.

Callas was passionate about opera and I imagine Streep feels the same way about acting.  Callas set the bar high for herself with a high level of performance and allowed her artistry and precise preparation to take over her whole being once on the stage.  I am looking forward to seeing Streep transform into this poshie, La Divina, Maria Callas (preferably in the movie theater on 84th and Broadway, because it has comfortable reclining seats).  If you haven’t already, listen to anything Maria Callas today.  It is good for your soul.