I was incredibly sad to learn today that we won’t be able to continue our run of Don Giovanni at the Kennedy Center. I want to thank Washington National Opera General Director Timothy O’Leary and Artistic Director Francesca Zambello for their leadership in this difficult time. I also want to thank the cast, crew, orchestra, production team, and everyone else involved for their incredible work and artistry these last weeks. It is an experience I will treasure forever.
As much as it hurts, I know this is the right choice. We are in this together and we all need to do everything we can to protect the folks most vulnerable to this virus, many of whom are the life blood of our art form. For now, that means cancelling performances, but tomorrow it may mean helping to buy groceries for a neighbor who is at risk, or making a phone call to a person who is suffering from the loneliness of quarantine, or donating to organizations that help those who are hit hardest. Let’s take this opportunity to remember we are not alone here, and we need each other.
A dear friend of mine, Rev. Jeremy Rutledge of Circular Church in Charleston, SC posted this a few weeks back and it’s stuck with me:
“We think we tell stories, but stories often tell us, tell us to love or to hate, to see or be blind.” – Rebecca Solnit
What if the story of COVID-19 became the story of how we all cared for each other?
I plan to follow my friends lead of these next weeks and months, starting a new story next week with a new digital recital series benefiting artist in need. More details soon. Take care of yourselves and each other, and let’s keep the music going.