On the road

It’s the beginning of delicious birthday #56 for me. Breakfast with my husband, meeting with opera students this afternoon, foreign films and dinner at home tonight. Tomorrow the CCM semester begins. The kindly social media bots greeted this morning with pictures from a year ago, and that gets a lady … Continue Reading →

Our stories

So I was coaching the Gavotte from Manon the other day.  “Tell me about her,” I said. “She loves pleasure,” said my student. Because that is what the libretto states, over and over. So she wasn’t wrong, but something rose in me. And then it fell. Here‘s how it all worked back then for those women, I was about to say.  But I didn’t say … Continue Reading →


MtMn and I are stretched out in our Aspen lodging after a long travel weekend, from the mountains of Virginia to the Rockies. Music on a mountain – it’s what classical musicians do. It’s inspiring. More than a little untouchable. There’s so much I want to tell you, but after … Continue Reading →


I will never forget the day the piano came home. I was fourteen and didn’t yet know that my teacher had told my parents that she thought I could maybe be a pianist for real, but for that to be possible I needed to start practicing on a good instrument. … Continue Reading →


Two television shows have recently made a huge impression on me: the BBC Janet Baker documentary, and “Fosse/Verdon,” the fabulous story of that artistic and personal partnership. And as I finally have a chance to stroll around in the mountains as summer begins, I’ve been processing what exactly those shows … Continue Reading →