humansofnewyork:

"I think all the pressure that I put on myself has been paralyzing. When I graduated from high school, a lot of people wrote in my yearbook: ‘You’re going to do great things,’ or ‘I know you’re going to make it big.’ I realized recently that with all the time I spent trying to figure out what my ‘big thing’ was going to be, I passed over a lot of small things that could have really added up. The moment I became content with taking small steps, I started moving forward again."
(Mexico City, Mexico)

I know that feel, bro.

humansofnewyork:

"I think all the pressure that I put on myself has been paralyzing. When I graduated from high school, a lot of people wrote in my yearbook: ‘You’re going to do great things,’ or ‘I know you’re going to make it big.’ I realized recently that with all the time I spent trying to figure out what my ‘big thing’ was going to be, I passed over a lot of small things that could have really added up. The moment I became content with taking small steps, I started moving forward again."

(Mexico City, Mexico)

I know that feel, bro.

Sweets By Kate: An Opera About Families and Candy, and also Satan.

Remember that time that I mentioned that opera with the meatloaf and the macaroons and the lesbians in it?  Well, here it is:

Sweets by Kate
a new opera

libretto: Thom K. Miller
music:
Griffin Candey
premiere:
July 2015, by the Midwest Institute of Opera

A quick summary:

When the widower father of the Brigmann family (Joe) dies suddenly, his formerly-shunned daughter (Elizabeth) and her partner (Kate) return to small-town California in order to run the family business.  Amid in the outwardly-cheery glow of the 1950’s, Elizabeth must square with the lurking disapproval of community and kin, the teetering success of the business, and her family’s former deals with the Devil – literally and figuratively.

Just what the opera world needed: yet another dark comedy where Satan attempts to control (and/or poison) an entire town via a 1950’s candy shop run by two lesbians.  Such a tired plot, right?

The best part: you can audition for it.  

MIO holds auditions in New York, NY and Bloomington-Normal, IL.  More info on that as soon as its available (and perhaps some sneak previews of arias on here — stay tuned.)

WHEN YOU FILL YOUR RECITAL WITH DIFFICULT MUSIC

at first:

a week before the recital:

In a few years, it will be the Twenties again.  Fingers crossed for the return of flappers and speakeasies.

operaphila:

Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn
Photo by Dominic Mercier http://on.fb.me/1tXm9Mq

also THESE FOLKS RIGHT HERE
BEING EARTH ANGELS

operaphila:

Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn

Photo by Dominic Mercier http://on.fb.me/1tXm9Mq

also THESE FOLKS RIGHT HERE

BEING EARTH ANGELS

operaphila:

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Evan Rogister, and Eric Owens
Photo by Dominic Mercier http://on.fb.me/1tXmrD7

These guys right here.

operaphila:

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Evan Rogister, and Eric Owens

Photo by Dominic Mercier http://on.fb.me/1tXmrD7

These guys right here.

Say what you want about Katy Perry, but this much is true: she does not know the correct syllabic stresses in the word “unconditionally.”

A little beauty from my pal Fritz (to combat today’s rain.)

You guys ———- I can do pull ups. Like, legitimate pull ups. WHO AM I.

  1. Move into house.
  2. Rejoice greatly.
  3. Quickly note that 3/4 of house is empty b/c you’re a roving artist type with few real possessions.