27 June 2006

Allez les bleus....

Imagine my surprised pleasure when I realised this morning that Il Fornaio (just around the corner) is indeed showing the world cup matches at their bar....(!)

I will go there and watch the second half of France vs. Spain (it is tied up 1-1 at the half).

I am totallllllly obsessed. But I've mentioned that........

26 June 2006

Forza Azzurri!

oooh!!!! I went to North Beach this morning to catch the first half of the Italy-Australia match...it was exciting!! Most of the caffes were buzzing with fans. I sat outside at Panta Rei - they have a huge flatscreen set up, so that you can sit on the sidewalk and see it through their glass front! To be there with everyone, cheering for gli Azzurri (with the exception of a handful of yellow aussie fans)....the first half was scoreless, and then I had to leave for work (!) BUT, praise the Lord for internet, because I was able to track the game from work.

Italy won in the very last minute with a penalty kick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

France plays Spain at noon tomorrow....I'm going to try and watch part of that game at Cafe de la Presse again...that was too much fun last week!!!!

I. am. totally. addicted.!!!!!!!!!!!

17 June 2006

Interview from AZ

1. Is there a book that personifies your life? I recently read The Alchemist, and that really resonated with me. I don't know that it 'personifies' my life, so to speak, but I felt that book deep down.

2. If you were offered an amazing singing opportunity with a vibrant music community in France would you take it, knowing your friends and family would be in the U.S.?
Yes. I think I would. My only hesitancy is that I don't think the style of French living would be condusive for me to be a great singer (wine, late nights, smoke) etc....it would be REAL easy for me to just live there, though!

3. Which opera character do you think would be the hardest to play?
hmmm hardest to play? technically speaking, so many people say Adalgisa from norma--that it's just a killer role to sing. For me, from a characterization/acting standpoint.... right now it would be Dahlila from 'samson et dahlila." I'm so used to being the comic relief, or the old maid aunt/maid/nurse, that to play a character so overtly sensual and seductive would be a challenging shift. But MAN i love her arias and would love to sing her one day.

4. Do you consider yourself more of a risk-taker or someone who plays it safe? oooh. hmmm. I tend to be more cautious - but, as I age, I've found that i take a few more risks than i did while growing up, because I don't really care as much what people think of me. I'm still learning, though, to take more risks on stage as an actor/singer - which then carries over some into real life and vice versa.

5. What do you hope your life looks like in 10 years? Be specific.
In 10 years, I would be almost 37...hmmmmm.
I hope to be singing in some capacity - but not stressed out by all the political crap surrounding the singing world
I hope to be married
I hope to have lived abroad (again) for some significant length of time
I hope to still have both my parents around
I hope to have paid off my student loans (!)
I hope to speak more languages
I hope to have learned how to play some percussive instruments

--Maybe what I should be hoping for is *focus* lolll...the above list is kinda all over the place...***

THE GUIDELINES: 1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me." However, If that is all you leave in your comment I will completely ignore you when it comes to interview time. 2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions. 3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions. 4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post. 5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

16 June 2006

been a long time.....

been a long time been a long time been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time.......

(sorry, had one of my 'human jukebox' moments...name that tune anyone?)

what i WAS thinking was, it's been a while since the last post. i've been busy. had a show (went really well) and mom was visiting and now i have a scant few minutes.

i owe az my interview post - that is forthcoming.

i miss salsa - anyone up for dancing??

i read an article (well, okay, i skimmed it) in the chronicle today about how TB is spread. Apparently, it is still alive and kicking in SF. It is can be spread by: sneezing, coughing, spitting, and SINGING.

I never thought about that singing one before, but it makes sense. And, music dork that i am....
it gives a whole new meaning to the end of La Traviata. Violetta is dying of TB, but apparently gets well enough to sing a glorious high C....and then *Splat* she falls over dead. magnificent.

tomorrow: USA vs. Italy. Call me a bad American, but I'll be cheering for gli azzurri....