Returning to Minnesota the end of May for a week made me realize how long a winter truly can be. Upon arriving in'the holy land' I learned that the ice went out on 'the lake' on April 27th, which meant mine and my son's Polar Bear Experience of being the first to dive into 'the lake' post ice melt could truly be a harrowing one. I am reporting it was harrowing and I'll leave it at that. I think I am finally back to normal. We also managed to do some fishing and caught 3 good size Northern Pike which we filleted and had for supper with some left over for a later meal. Fresh, feresh water fish tastes great!
Visiting family and friends was also one of our goals as was visiting Gustavus Adolphus College (GAC), my alma mater, in St. Peter, MN. It was at GAC where I and several other alums were honored at a dinner for our achievements in our respective fields of work. I was honored to be introduced by a former professor of mine, Dr. John McKay. He is a wonderful pianist and I thank him for his introduction at the dinner. I also managed to persuade him into accompanying me at the piano while I sang "La fleur que tu mavais jetee" from Bizet's Carmen. john's playing helped to bring down the house! Thank you, John and thank you GAC!
I'm now at home preparing the role of Cavaradossi for a Tosca in Mercatello, Italy on July 10...right around the corner! More later, M