Tuesday, July 8, 2008


I have no desire to ever learn Hebrew. In case you were wondering. It just sounds difficult and I can't even read the letters, so it's out.

As you can probably deduce from the above statement, I made it to Israel. I got to Tel Aviv Sunday evening, started opera rehearsals on Monday and have been busy ever since. Coming from Italy the work load's been a bit of an adjustment. Something about having a pausa in the middle of the day that just makes everything feel more relaxed. And the Italian attitude in general. Here in Tel Aviv I've only had two long days at school, but it's felt like a week. Partly because I picked up some type of virus on my flight to London and have been suffering from a cold (in the hottest climate ever), but regardless it's been long.

That being said, I absolutely LOVE it here! Tel Aviv is breathtakingly beautiful. You can see the beach and the Mediterranean from my hotel window and it's lovely. And even better, the program is fantastic! My conductor loves me and is arranging for me to work with some Russian conductors on the opera I'll be doing in Michigan in the fall. The program coordinator gave a masterclass last night, and it was brilliant. And really well attended---about 400 people! I play for one tomorrow, and I'm really looking forward to it.

The people in the program are very friendly and lots of them are very talented as well. My roommate is from Mexico City and is one of the nicest girls ever! We won't be roommates for too long because her boyfriend will be coming to Tel Aviv next Wednesday, at which point she'll move out---but that just means my own room! The other pianists here are incredible, which is a bit intimidating but more inspirational than anything. Most of them are older and have a lot of great advice and helpful suggestions.

Basically, life is good. And I'm in Israel. รจ tutto.


  1. Hi Stephanie - I'm Ashley (Mott) White (Megan's sister) I read your comment on her blog and found yours...anyway - I'd love to let you know how or take you to church if you are interested. Email me at: ashinisrael@gmail.com

  2. I love you and I miss you so stinkin much:)
    I cant believe that you will be home in a few weeks and so will I.....and then I get married!!! ah! I love you! Call me when you can. I am glad you made it safely even if you are a bit under the weather:(
    Love D

  3. Strange to have a cold and really that's the worst kind of sick! The head all swimmy and the sinuses all achy but I am glad you see the world with the glass half full. Your blogs are fun to read and I love you and miss you!

  4. Isnt Isreal great? When I went with my family I dont think I enjoyed it as much as I should have. I thought I was going to die the whole time I was there because our tour guide kept telling us stories he shouldnt have! :) I miss you!

  5. that's awsome!My best friend from high school spent a great deal of time in Israel and I've seen countless pictures, I'm sure you'll love it. And thanks for your comment! LOL...I too love Jonathan Rhys Meyers...there is something to be said about that man's lips...=D

  6. Glad you made it safely. I look forward to hearing about it all in person in a few months.


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