Well, the first performance is over. Only 2 more to go. The main characters all sang well, but sadly since I had to be back stage the whole time, I didn’t really get to hear it. That’s why you listen in rehearsal when it doesn’t matter where you are. 🙂 The Tenor made it through and the Soprano died beautifully. Other than that I think all I have to say is that I’m giving blood tonight. This will be my 4th or 5th time, so I’m hoping it goes well and smoothly as it always has before *knocks on wood* (I’m a firm believer in Murphey’s Law).
So after this week you won’t have to endure my opera ramblings anymore. Aren’t you glad? Although, everyone always says they miss opera afterward…
Oh, and they finally told us the results of our school competition. I’m an alternate in the final round in case someone gets sick. So basically I have to keep my piece going, but chances are I won’t get to perform it. But a good friend of mine made it to the finals. I m so proud of her!!!
Today was. And, yes, that is a complete sentence. Every semester the students of my university go through an excruciatingly painful process termed “White Glove.” It’s a bit like Spring Cleaning. Except it’s forced upon us. So no one wants to do it. And it gets checked by Dust Nazis.
Surprisingly, my room passed. Now I don’t say that because we’re incredibly messy or anything, but because I was away all afternoon at opera practice, so my roommates had to do most of it. I felt really bad not being able to help. It’s sort of a bonding experience…
Opera’s gonna be amazing!!! Tuesday is opening night.
I made it to Regionals! It was fun. I made the hour-and-a-half drive with some good friends. We listened to awesome music and talked about random and funny topics (such as my accompanist’s opinion of my style :P), and then once we had made it safely there it was time to warm up and sing. My poor accompanist had to deal with me majorly flubbing the Hindemith, but since no one sings Hindemith, I don’t think the judges knew we messed up 😉 I love obscure music. Except for the fact that it is impossible to find recordings. And then we watched an episode of Dr. Who and drove home to more music and thcomversation. Oh, and did I mention the awesome lunch at Mellow Mushroom? Yum! Later tonight I’m going to a composition recital and then to someone’s house to watch a movie in German 😀
So all in all, a quite wonderful day.
This week has been insane. No, like, for real! Opera is just around the corner. The guest artists came in on Sunday. On Monday we ran the opera with the understudies singing the lead parts so the guest artists can get a feel for the opera and an idea about the blocking we’ve been working on with the choirs and such. And then yesterday we got to hear them for the first time. Boy do they have voices!! Multiple Soprani swooned over the Baritone’s voice. Azucena, the Mezzo, is my personal favourite. I just love her low register! The Soprano is good, but she doesn’t have as much pierce as I would like – the girl who understudied the part was just phenomenal! And the Tenor…well, we’ll see how he holds up. I’ve been told he switched from Baritone to Tenor, so he has a warmer tone than a lot of Tenors, but his high notes aren’t as secure.
Wow. I’m such a musician. Lameness.But awesomeness too, I suppose.
I’ve been able to tat a bit today. It makes me happy. I looked at my progress (I’m only about a fourth done), but the edging looks seriously good with the scarf! I think it will end up turning out really nice.
Tomorrow I’m going to a voice competition. NATS stands for the National Association of the Teachers of Singing. The last 2 years I’ve gone on to regionals. But then again, the last 2 years I’ve actually been ready to perform my pieces. What with all the craziness going on here I’ve had little time (and less motivation) to practice. Something about the middle of second semester just doesn’t bode well for the aspiring muisician…. Anyway, my pieces are varied and ambitious: Nacht und Traume (Schubert), Nuptiae factae sunt (Hindemith), Depuis le jour (Charpentier), Malvina (Donizetti), The Serpent (Hoiby). The Serpent is my favourite!!! It’s so funny and I get to ham it up. 🙂 Here’s the text:
There was a Serpent who had to sing.
There was. There was.
He simply gave up Serpenting.
He didn’t like his Kind of Life;
He couldn’t find a proper Wife;
He was a Serpent with a soul;
He got no Pleasure down his Hole.
And so, of course, he had to Sing,
And Sing he did, like Anything!
The Birds, they were, they were Astounded;
And various Measures Propounded
To stop the Serpent’s Awful Racket:
They bought a Drum. He wouldn’t Whack it.
They sent, —you always send, —to Cuba
And got a Most Commodious Tuba;
They got a Horn, they got a Flute,
But Nothing would suit.
He said, “Look, Birds, all this is futile:
I do not like to Bang or Tootle.”
And then he cut loose with a Horrible Note
That practically split the Top of his Throat.
“You see,” he said, with a Serpent’s Leer,
“I’m Serious about my Singing Career!”
And the Woods Resounded with many a Shriek
As the Birds flew off to the end of Next Week.
One of my favourite things to do is listen to people talk – because invariably at some point everyone will say something funny. Sometimes real life is just better than fiction.
“You can understand Wikipedia better now! As a result of Theory IV!” ~ Theory Teacher
“Ask now or give yourself a grade.” ~ Theory Teacher
“I kill a lot of trees for a guy named ‘Forrest.'” ~ Theory Teacher
“Before Snow White was, Petrushka is.” ~ Theory Teacher
“Don’t bass the Brash!” ~ Random Brass player
“Anything else needed for life, liberty, hexatonic bliss?” ~ Theory Teacher
“We walk by sight, not by ear.” ~ Theory Teacher
“We’re going to be challenging some tackling things.” ~ Theory Teacher
“I learned long ago to always get the last word in: ‘Yes, dear.'” ~ French Teacher
“Ladies, never forget you’re feminine. Guys, never forget you’re not.” ~ French Teacher
“♪♫ I owe, I owe, so off to work I go! ♪♫” ~ French Teacher
“Sorry, guys, I was passing a brain stone.” ~ French Teacher
“What goes through your alimentary canal? Tug boats.” ~ French Teacher
“Men are like pantyhose – when you need them most they run.” ~ Anonymous
“Your tummy speaks for itself.” ~ Former Roommate
“‘Rule’ is a 4-letter word. You’re not allowed to say it.” ~ ~ Theory Teacher’s professor
“Friends don’t let friends use IE.” ~ ~ Theory Teacher
“You’re so femmy!” ~ Conducting Teacher
“You know, teachers are sadistic. You have to be sadistic to be a teacher.” ~ Bible Teacher
“I love legalism!! ~ Random Friend
“I was braiding my hair.” ~ Random Brass Player
“I don’t know why he left out the E-flat…♪♫ Perhaps he’ll die!♫♪” ~ Theory Teacher
“Go away Messiaen!!” ~ Theory Teacher
“I’m using ‘Aria’ loosely, without it’s tonal baggage.” ~ Theory Teacher
“I guess if Christ said, ‘Verily, verily,’ we can say, ‘Leave on, do not turn off.'” ~ Theory Teacher
“Words of wisdom come from the wise.” ~ Random Friend
“I am a queen at stalker!” ~ Former Roommate
“Don’t worry, all of our parents found someone to marry.” ~ Former Roommate
“A ditz and a klutz: a ‘dutz!!!'” ~ Random Friend
“No good opera plot can make sense.” ~ W.H. Auden
“Never judge a book by its movie.” ~ J. W. Eagan
“Why are fire engines red? Because 1+1=2+2=4+4=8+4=12, and there are 12 inches in a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was a ruler, and she sailed the ocean, and fish swim in the ocean, and fish have fins, and the Finns fought the Russians, and the Russians are red. So fire trucks are red because they’re always rushin’.” ~ History Teacher
“Don’t look at me with that tone of voice!!!” ~ Youth Pastor
“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” ~ John 16:12
“We have all that we need, we need all that we’ve got, we like it in Whoville, we like it a lot.” ~ Horton Hears a Who
“Joy and Peace, Peace and Joy, Joy and Peace and Happiness.” ~ The Barber of Seville
“They killed the Russians – who better to kill?” ~ Music Teacher
“When you look at me, I choke.” ~ Music Teacher
“Haydn’s symphonies are considered Mozart’s greatest.” ~ Music Teacher
“This is the thing which the LORD doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them marry to whom they think best.” ~ Num 36:6
“Oh my chicken!!!” ~ Former Roommate
“Your phone dies beautifully.” ~ Fake Brother
“Stupid lady at the store!!” ~ Friend-who’s-almost-a-sister
“How big is your armpit? 6 inches? 8 inches?” ~ Friend-who’s-almost-a-sister
“Justice is a dish best served immediately.” ~ Friend-who’s-almost-a-sister
Wow. It’s March already. Crazy, I know. These past 2 months have both flown and dragged by. It’s got me to thinking about the beginning of the year when I made all those wishe*ahem* resolutions. So let’s see how I’ve done:
1: Daily practice. Ya, definitely hasn’t happened…between life and opera I really just don’t have time.
2: Exercise regularly. This one is going a lot better than I expected. I get in to the gym usually 2 or 3 times a week. The other day my friend said I looked skinnier than I used to 🙂 And now I run faster than when I started.
3: Learn Italian. I haven’t even touched it. Does it count that we had a unit on Italian pronunciation in Diction class?
4: Blog at least once a week. Been doin’ that. Aren’t you proud of me? 😀
5:Be tidier. I started off well. I really did…but when you’re so busy you can’t see straight tidiness kinda goes on the back burner.
6: Finish my book. Well, I’ve worked on it a little, but it still has quite a way to go. Something about school and being busy keeps me from my creative endeavours…
7: Not fall in love. Well, I’m still single. And it looks like I’ll be that way for a while.
8: Love my God more. How does one gauge this criterion? I can’t say that I’ve been completely consistent in my personal devotions. But I can say that I see Him working in my life and changing me into His image. I’ve recently started a Bible study on the Cross and it’s significance to every-day life. It’s changed my thinking a lot.
So all in all, I guess I’m doing ok. I knew when I made these resolutions that I would break them, but the point wasn’t to be perfect, but to at least try. So I’ll keep trying. And don’t you give up either!!