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I'll admit that I had some fear about coming on this trip. Most of it revolving around having to show up late and get to a tiny mountain village in Italy on my own, and whether I really should be doing it anyway, because it's not the least expensive trip I've taken. I was imagining all sorts of worst-case scenarios, none of which actually occurred, and I managed to make it through three countries by plane, train, and automobile without incident. My taxi driver in Italy - Sergio - was a joy and a delight, and delivered me to the village of Triora exactly on time for the afteroon rehearsal on Monday.

It's a much smaller group, this course, than the choral weeks that I've done previously. About 24 singers, and a handful of strings/continuo. Mostly English, but with two Americans (me and another woman from Seattle whom I sing with regularly), a woman from Denmark, and a woman from the Czech Republic. Oh, and an Austrian viol player. Really, really lovely people. I was a bit trepidatious coming late - it's hard, sometimes, to break in when everyone's already met and begun to work together, but they've all been quite lovely and solicitous. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked how I was recovering from jet-lag, I could buy a great deal of wine. People have, naturally, found small groups that they tend to hang out with, but there is a great deal of cross-over and no sense of cliqueishness. It's a great vibe.

The overall quality of the performers is good, too. We're managing to pull together several baroque choral pieces - all with small ensemble sections - and an entire opera (Purcell's Dido & Aeneas) insanely quickly, with little note-bashing and coaching.

Triora is amazing, and gorgeous. It's a Medieval hilltop village with a tremendous sense of history. I'm looking forward to having a bit of time, this week, to wander around in the "old town" and take loads of pictures. The sense of history is quite palpable, here. and the vistas are AMAZING. We've been blessed with good weather, largely - mostly sunny, not too hot, with a bit of wind. A girl could get used to this.

I'll continue to post photos to my flickr account (Triora 2012) if you want to follow along. They're not really edited, and won't have any useful information, but hopefully they'll be pretty.

Full run-through of the opera, this morning, and a master class this afternoon, and that's it for today. The schedule is gloriously relaxed.

Oh! And the lovely piano music I'm listening to as I type this in the hotel breakfast room is being streamed from SEATTLE. Small world...

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