I spent the afternoon with my friend Lisette Oropesa, shown here in some photos from the CAMI Christmas party. We went to Pain Quotidien (of course) and enjoyed a long, chatty lunch during which Lisette told me of some important upcoming engagements which I can't yet reveal. We saw Tyler Angle and Rebecca Krohn (not together!) and they both looked really TALL. Then Lisette persuaded me to accompany her on a shopping expedition to Banana Republic. This was a true test of our friendship since I hate shopping (which prompted Lisette to say that I could not possibly be gay since I hate shopping, adore women, and my idea of a wonderful meal is pizza and beer.) But Lisette's energy and enthusiasm were infectious and so we spent two hours at Banana while she tried things on and asked my opinions. It was a pretty funny afternoon and I wondered if the sales clerks thought she was my daughter.
Then we trekked over to New York City Ballet so I could buy some tickets; here are some pictures of NYCB's new black & white logo-look: the huge banner of Abi Stafford on the exterior of the building; the photo-murals surrounding the box office area, and Lisette standing in front of the photographs of the principal women. (The men are now on the opposite side of the lobby.) The place was buzzing today as they had an open dress rehearsal of DOUBLE FEATURE.
From there we went to the Performing Arts Library; after living in NYC for a decade I have only just obtained a library card. I needed a score of WALKURE for the upcoming performance on February 9 (no, I am not singing Wotan). We spent some time in the Library's gallery looking at the striking exhibition of photographs from productions of Verdi's operas.
With time to kill before she was called to her final performance as the Dew Fairy in the Met's HANSEL & GRETEL, Lisette suggested a return to PQ where their carrot soup was as delicious as ever. Walking back to the Met we ran into Karita Mattila all bundled up and looking quite adorable.
Earlier in the day I was surprised and very happy to bump into Noah Stewart who I have known since his days at Juilliard; he's been in San Francisco for the Adler Program and has moved back to NYC. Noah has lots of interesting engagements ahead.