Video of the performance "The Lady with a Thousand Faces", performed at the event " Picking in the Parlor" in Brooklyn New York December 2014
A mysterious figure enters a crowded room. Dressed in an elaborate dark silk gown and her hair styled in an extravagant fashion, she quietly moves through the space like a ghost visiting from an other time. The inquisitive viewers who are puzzled about her identity only get their own reflections thrown back at them when gazing into her face. In this situation it is a daunting sight like a peek into the face of ones own mortality. During the performance she sings an aria. Some times gently, sometimes powerfully loud, she addresses each member of the audience in an forthright manner. She sings in Italian. It’s a beautiful song elaborating on the invaluable roll of the artist as the direct communicator of our divine creator. She casts a true and faithful reflection of the perpetuating drama of human existence. The aria Io son l' umile anchella from Cilea's opera Adriana Lecouvreur vibrates through the viewer’s awareness like an ominous sign. Everyone listens and watches very quietly.