It is always sad when an opera that I'm performing in is over. Performing as Carmen has been a wonderful experience. I grew as a singer and as a person. To walk on as Carmen, the sexiest and most alluring person on stage, takes an incredible amount of courage and charisma. My hats off to the great ladies of the past who have put it all out there with all the gumption needed to pull it off. Especially Rise Stevens, one of the greats, who passed away on the night my first Carmen opened. The show may have closed, but Carmen lives on....free to the end!