Arrivederci, Italia!

Greetings from Palace Hotel, Desenzano on Lake Garda’s southern end. WiFi access has been minimal unfortunately but we’ve had a full experience moving through 3 countries steadily & i hope you enjoy these thumbnail impressions of the vocettes abroad.
Austria: wonderful singing in varied environments: resonant in the Great Hall of the beautiful St Florian monastery; an inflated tent, competition with the blower but a warm audience; performing with the Austrian choir from Carinthia followed by dinner with lots of singing which ended with them singing “Good night sweetheart” in English & from memory.
We sang at mass the next morning at the very Baroque Kirchberg. We got a brief taste of Salzburg & the high mountains at the Hallstatt salt mines. We slid our way down into the mines dressed in Hallstatt chic. Ask Shirley about her experience here.
Everyone fell in love with the Italian Alps & our driver Wolfgang impressed us with his bus manouvering skills recalling memories of our Irish guide, John.
The winetasting was excellent. Summer heat, 4 wines, great food, followed by our rendition of Niska Banja. Our accommodations in Desenzano were plush!
Venezia cast its magic the next day. We sang Shenandoah in the church associated with the orphanage of Vivaldi’s Gloria, saw the interior of the Basilica of San Marco illuminated with lights – an event that happens only for an hour each day – viewed Venice from the Campanile & then discovered Venice for ourselves.
Verona, the next day was very warm & humid. We sang “Go Lassie Go” in the Arena – a treat for us – while the set for “Aida” was being erected on the stage for the next day. Then our performance at Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Scala followed by a great dinner at the lake resort of Sirmone. Visualize us changing into concert dress in the hot confines of our heavily curtained tour bus, walking 15 minutes to the church & then singing. We are women who adapt to any situation!
We bid Arrivederci to Italy today & our superb guide, Georg & our driver, Wolfgang. Kudos to Deb, Laurel, Becky, Shirley, Heather, Annalise, Jennie & Lindsay. Bravissimai Bella Voce, Dawn & Glory!! Sending this blog from Innerleithen, Scotland & WiFi access. Esther & Jerry

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3 Responses to Arrivederci, Italia!

  1. Michaela (---the busy one translating ^^) says:

    Sounds like you had a great trip!! Very glad you liked our “Goodnight sweeetheart” 😉 I really had a great time with you girls (and some husbands ;)) there in Bad Hall, although I think they should have defenitely served us better food, cause we really do have great food in Austria!!, too bad…Anyway safe journey home and maybe see you again some day 😉 and hear your beautiful singing!!
    liebe Grüße Michaela

    • Esther Nui says:

      We all loved hearing your choir singing Michaela & you translated so well. Eric treated us to a wonderful dinner the next night. We hope we get a chance to sing together again. Esther (only Asian in Bella Voce)

  2. Gisele McRae says:

    Michaela- You definitely need to schedule a trip to the USA. Be sure to visit Vermont as you love it as Vermont will embrace you! Thanks for sharing your music. Greetings to all your choir. Meeting you folks was a real highlight for me on this trip!- Gisele

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