I have so much to catch up on … so many things that happened. Good, bad, all the in-between. But as it’s been so long since I’ve posted, I figure I’ll start with now; continue posting … and add in my little ‘retro-posts’ as I go along. I’ll date them as best as I can remember. :)
It’s the start of my second year here in Merida, Mexico. I still haven’t quite figured out who I am here. In Ohio, it was easy. I had my little niche. People knew me as someone. But starting in a new town with a new identity of sorts has been more difficult than I expected. Thankfully I enjoy a challenge. And a challenge is exactly what my life in Mexico has been.
Living in the house that I do, with the roommates that I have … learning Spanish has been a struggle. Embarrassingly so. My Spanish is still weak at best, and I’m always the one left asking “what did he say? What did she say?” I feel incredibly vulnerable (and somewhat dumb) when I don’t catch onto things quickly, so I tend to back away from people rather than admit my weakness and accept help … so that just means I don’t learn any more Spanish. It’s dumb of me really and I’m working on changing that mindset. I need to be open to help… open to looking like an idiot in front of others … because not caring about sounding goofy is the only thing that’s going to speed my learning. It’s my goal to talk to someone in Spanish everyday. Be it at the store, at rehearsal, at a concert, on the street, what-have-you. I’m DETERMINED not to be the girl that has lived here 2 years and still doesn’t know Spanish.
We finished our first week of rehearsals this week, and had our first two concerts of the season this weekend. It was an opera gala with two winners of the Opera Prima TV show from Mexico. From what I gather, this is American Idol for Mexico Opera stars. Fancy! Anyway … it was a lovely evening of music. The young Tenor literally blew us away at the first rehearsal, bringing a percentage of the orchestra to tears (including myself) with his rendition of “Recondita armonia” from Puccini’s opera, Tosca. The following link is an older recording of Luciano Pavarotti performing the aria. Our young Tenor (who is 23) did a much .. gentler version. If I get a chance, I’ll post some of it if I can. He broke all of our hearts that day.
Dammi i colori…
Recondita armonia di bellezze diverse!
È bruna Floria, l’ardente amante mia.
E te, beltade ignota, cinta di chiome bionde,
Tu azzurro hai l’occhio,
Tosca ha l’occhio nero!
L’arte nel suo mistero,
le diverse bellezze insiem confonde…
Ma nel ritrar costei,
Il mio solo pensiero,
Il mio sol pensier sei tu,
Tosca, sei tu!
Translation in English:
Pass me the colors…
Concealed harmony of contrasting beauties!
Floria, my ardent lover, is dark haired.
And you, unknown beauty, crowned with blond hair,
You have blue eyes,
Tosca has black eyes!
Art, in its mysterious way,
blends the contrasting beauties together…
But while I’m painting her,
My only thought,
My only thought is of you,
Tosca, it is of you!