Hello All! Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday season and a successful and joyous New Year's celebration, and take some time to update you on what is keeping me busy these days since I've not posted anything in a few weeks.
I've done some more Young Artist Program auditions- and actually the first weekend of this month I had four auditions back-to-back for really wonderful programs. I was lucky just to be able to sing for, and meet some of these wonderful Artistic Administrators who are behind the YAPs (Young Artist Programs) nowadays- they are such nice people! They certainly help to make the audition process enjoyable during somewhat questionable weather (I had one audition that was in the middle of a snowstorm!).
I just completed my final audition on Friday in NYC, so I'm looking forward to having a little bit more time during the holidays to try and learn new repertoire that I did not get a chance to work on as much as I would have liked during the hectic audition season this fall.
What's in the works, you ask? Well, that is for me to know, and you to find out--when it gets performed! :) Now is the time to really hone these roles and try to get a more accurate picture of how to show their characters through the music the composers provided, as well as what I know about their time period, their situation in the story, and things like that. It's funny, more often than not, as an Opera Singer, you're also working as a detective. You're unearthing all those things that the composer put in the music that tells you his opinion about the character, and the things the librettist slipped in which show you what kind of a person the character was, and then making a conglomeration of these facts that you've found, coupled with your own knowledge about life circumstances, to bring about the finished product- or, more aptly put, the character that you can play. It's an interesting process; I know that I learn something more about myself every time that I learn something more about the character that I'm portraying.
Anyway, enough of my soapbox about characterization, I'm probably just at the point now where that would have gotten boring to you readers anyway.....lol!
WIshing everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Very Happy, Healthy, and Successful New Year!!