Sad Day

And now I’ve just learned that the New York singer Kate Sullivan has died – what age I don’t know, but younger than me. [Update: turns out she was only 40.] I first became aware of her from her expert, street-smart performance in Mikel Rouse’s opera Dennis Cleveland, on the basis of which I engaged her to sing the part of the Mother in my own opera Cinderella’s Bad Magic. I had hoped to work with her again when I restage the opera next season. (In fact, I was writing the lead for my next opera with her elegant mezzo in mind.) She was a lovely person and a dynamite singer.

I’m getting afraid to check messages.