It is possible that I am the world’s worst blogger. Oh well. I can live with that. I’ve been meaning to write a new post for quite a while, but things just kept getting in the way: learning new rep, rehearsals, rescheduling students’ lessons, preparing for festival season, the Olympics… as you can see, I’ve had a lot on my plate.
Seriously, though, I had a very busy fall — the busiest yet! Between (Canadian) Thanksgiving and Christmas/Ice Storm 2013 I had one day off. One whole day that didn’t involve any teaching, rehearsing, or performing. Not that I’m complaining. It was great to be so busy and to do so much singing. I had the opportunity to explore the very different roles of Olympia, Antonia, and Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann, an opera I’ve been completely enchanted by since first studying it in an undergrad music history course. I also had the opportunity to perform with friends in the chorus for Verdi’s Oberto with TrypTych Concert & Opera, to appear as a soloist in the Christmas concert for my friends, the Volunge Toronto Lithuanian Chorus, and to revisit one of my favourite roles, Gretel, in Hansel and Gretel with Symphony on the Bay.
After getting some much needed rest, I am happy to be delving into some new projects over the spring and summer months. To start things off, I’ll be heading to Cornwall later this month to adjudicate the vocal and choral classes of the Kinsmen Music Festival. I’m thrilled to be experiencing this side of the music festival! Local music festivals offer so much to young musicians, especially in smaller communities where performing opportunities may be limited. I always encourage my students to enter as many as possible. It’s a good chance for them to hone their skills as performers, to build confidence, and to grow as musicians. Even if the feedback they receive is no different than the things I tell them in their lessons, participating in these festivals is a great learning experience. I can’t wait to hear and work with the young singers of Cornwall, and I hope the feedback they get from me helps them to grow into more confident and more thoughtful singers.
Mere days after I return from Cornwall, I will be making a trip up to North Bay to appear as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Near North Voices. I’m extremely excited about this for two reasons: 1) Mozart is my absolute favourite composer to sing, and 2) this project reunites me with Dr. Adam Adler, NNV’s Artistic Director (and fellow Thornhill Secondary School alum!). The last time I worked with Dr. Adler, when he conducted the TSS Concert Choir, I was a teenager preparing to begin my undergraduate degree at Queen’s, and he was a doctoral candidate at U of T. The performance will take place on March 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church in North Bay.
Following what will surely be an exciting March, I will turn my attention to two new roles: Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, with Opera by Request in June, and Little Red Ridinghood in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. And on that note, it’s time to go practice!