Monday, July 28, 2008

Where I've Been

I can't apologize for the long silence. The week of July 13 to 18 was what I usually call "system release hell," though it wasn't exactly a system release. It was hell because I had two solid days of meetings right in the middle. No kidding, and that's what made the release hell, not the release itself.

After that - well, I went to Santa Fe, where I had a very good time and saw Radamisto, Billy Budd, and, most importantly, Kaija Saariaho's newish Adriana Mater.

I haven't got much to say about Radamisto, which I loved: wonderful singing and conducting, a great opera, directing with a few questionable decisions, but not many. If you like Handel, and you're anywhere near Santa Fe, go see it.

I have plenty to say about Billy Budd, which I will leave for its own blog posting. If I were reviewing it, I'm sure I'd be the odd man, er, woman, out.

I had lots to say about Adriana, and in fact my review is up already. Go to the San Francisco Classical Voice home page and look in the sidebar; no direct link because the URL will change tomorrow when the full new issue is published. I mentioned a symposium about Adriana; I have extensive notes and will blog about it too.


Steve Smith said...

Your review of Adriana is exceptional, Lisa. Nice to have seen you there, too.

Sator Arepo said...

Hi Lisa,

Super jealous about Santa Fe as well as the opera. Spent many, um, years there. Well, got married there last year as well...

Miss the chiles rellenos at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Can't wait to read your review.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I'm sorry you couldn't get there this year, and I hope her operas make it to the coasts.

Lisa Hirsch said...

And Steve - thank you so much.