It’s that time of year again! Can you hear the Christmas bells ringing, and smell the cinnamon, spices, and evergreens? Do you feel the sure excitement about visiting with family, seeing all the lights, eating turkey and stuffing and drinking hot cocoa and warm cider? Oh, but wait. Surely those thoughts of the holidays are wonderful, but there’s also the unforgettable rush of cars and the pressure of remembering words and notes, the freezing cold blowing against your face, and sirens and people everywhere, crammed into small hallways all pushing towards the same goal! Ah, yes, it is the season. Auditions in New York; how we’ve missed you for the last 10 months.
The first time I landed in New York City for auditions was the first time I had ever landed in New York City! I was on my own. All I had with me was one carry-on with an audition outfit, a few necessities, and a mission to complete my first opera young artist program audition.