Robin's Blog

Goodbye to November

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Photo by Monika Sieburg - With Carlos Mena during Messiah applause in Dortmund
 
My blog has been down for a while. But she’s back… at least I really hope so! So many things have happened that I would have loved to write about.  I have been running around like a crazy woman this November singing six different programs in different cities and countries.  I have met wonderful people, heard the most beautiful music, felt the greatest jubilation and the deepest sorrow, been shocked by the world, heartened, disheartened, speechless, unable to stop speaking…  Through it all, I have been
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A lot of excitement and a sucker punch...

Well, I can now say that I’ve conducted an amazing, world class orchestra twice: the first and the last time! Actually it really was twice – once in Montreux and once in Vienna. (In Bremen a chorus and a bass magically appeared out of the audience and I got to sing the piece with them instead!) This Rameau tour had many surprises for me – I’ve never sung part of a concert in the dark or seen an orchestra play large sections of a concert in the dark before either. But this orchestra, Teodor Currentzis’ MusicAeterna does that and more

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Switching Gears...

Switching Gears...

(From September 7 – There was a glitch in my blog that wouldn’t let me post last week so here are some thoughts from then...)

This week I would love to be graceful and cool, smooth and elegant, and above all, calm and sure in all of my travels! But if I managed to do this, I wouldn’t be me – especially the part about being calm and sure in all of my travels. (This is not an exaggeration - I have managed to get lost in every city I’ve ever visited. Luckily there are almost always kind and patient

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Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to my new website!  Where to begin?  I've always wanted to write a blog.  In high school one of my teachers had us write short informal assignments called "How are you doing?" I loved these assignments - they made you sit still for a moment to take stock of what was going on in your life. Of course my teacher (Hi, Mr. Y!) was the only one reading them then.  I'll try not to make this too therapeutic but rather give a little insight into the preparations and behind the scenes craziness that are part of this
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