Cecilia has reached a remarkable place in her career. I went back stage to see her after the performance, and she seemed buoyant and very cheerful. She inhabits her roles as no singer since Judy. In fact I recall reading an early article about her where the writer compared her to Judy Garland—when she is in a room or on a stage all eyes turn to her. She isn’t upstaging people, she is just present in the moment. She is present in each note as well. It isn’t just her body, her eyes that are present for us, but it is also a level of musical presence that is unique in my experience.