Friday, September 26, 2008

Meg Page

The list for Poppea isn't up yet (darn it!), but the scenes have been given out. I got a part!

I'm playing Meg Page in a scene from Verdi's Falstaff. I really like this opera! The scene that I'm in is especially fun. I haven't completely "discovered" it yet, but I love it so far. I'm really excited because it's a fairly large part and it's a fun scene. (And I don't have to do anything awkward!) It couldn't be any better. :)

I was expecting the full-opera list to be up. I wonder if she (Isabel - the director) is using these scenes rehearsals as another sort of audition. That would be good and it would make sense. She doesn't know any of us yet; she could be tentative about casting large, demanding roles to people that she doesn't know. Also, she can see our strengths and limitations. Operas are tricky to cast. I think this extra-care is a good sign (assuming that my hypothesis is correct).

So I shall languish as I await the verdict.

YEAH RIGHT. I have sooooo much music to learn. It's almost a relief not to have to worry about Poppea. I have Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Chamber, Chorale, Music 20, and Opera Scenes music to learn. Oh, and voice lessons and cello lessons and this random group recital that my private voice teacher is putting on (I was reminded of this just today) that apparently I'm a part of. I don't need Poppea right now.

I'll make it. I know it! God help me (He always does!).

Until I know more,
~Mrs. Meg Page (at least for now)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Furore!

While I'm impatiently awaiting the opera cast list, I present this video of the lovely Joyce DiDonato. It's a promo for her new Handel CD, Furore!. Watch this. The music will make your heart race (if you have any blood in your veins; otherwise, I promise nothing).

Not only does this show off Ms. DiDonato's outstanding singing, but it shows her as a person. She completely dispels the "diva" image and I love that. She's a real person! haha Seriously though, she is really amazing-- definitely one of my favorites.

Grab some popcorn and a heart monitor and watch some clips from the exciting Furore!.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tomorrow = A Big Day

Oh gosh. Where do I start?

A list is always good.

I'm super happy to announce that tomorrow is:
1. my opera audition (THEE opera audition!)
2. my first day of chamber singers (OMGOSH, I ACTUALLY MADE IT! How did this happen?)
3. school, school, school from 9:35am to 10:00pm (if I'm lucky)

I can already tell that I'm going to have a lot to talk about.

1. my opera audition

I've been waiting all summer for this audition and it's finally almost here! I feel ready. I even picked out my outfit (I haven't done that since middle school). It was hard to pick out something appropriate. I'm singing Handel's Bel Piacere (from Agrippina) and Che faro senza Euridice? from Gl├╝ck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Orfeo is a pants role so I have to wear something generic or slightly boyish. That's not too hard for me. I'm going to wear pants and a sweater-vest/collared-shirt thing. I'm still deciding on the shoes. It's going to be a long day. I just might need my Tony Hawk sneakers (complete with piano-key shoelaces!). Besides, I think that if Orfeo were around today, he'd probably wear Tony Hawk sneakers with piano-key laces. I mean, Tony Hawk sneakers are SO comfortable and he was the god of music, so the laces would make total sense. Look at me trying to justify myself.

It's going to be a killer waiting for the cast list to go up. (BTW: The opera is The Coronation of Poppea.) I just really want a part and a part that's on for more than one scene. I hope that's not asking too much. *bites fingernails*

2. my first day of chamber singers

I can't believe I actually got into chamber singers! I'm so excited! That is the best choir in the school. I'm an alto 2 with Jenn Faz (<3) and Allison M (also <3). I'm tempted to go downstairs and practice the recit for Che faro. I have it cold, but...Ahh! I need to leave it alone for two seconds! I will restrain myself.

So, I have a big day ahead tomorrow. I'll keep you all posted on the proceedings. :)

Ciao!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cecilia Bartoli at Carnegie

First of all, I was so excited when I heard that Ms. Bartoli is coming to America (and NY!!). I've really wanted to hear her live and this seemed like my chance.

I stalked the Carnegie Hall website for a few days and when those tickets went on sale, I was on them like a pit bull. To make a long story short:

I GOT TICKETS!!!

I am so pumped for this recital! I don't know what she's singing yet, but I'm going to be on the prowl for the program. It's still a long way off. I have to wait until March :( but it's worth it! I have all that time to be excited about it!

I guess the only question left is: who's going to go with me?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Met Subscription Update

I finally got my tickets back from the Met. I exchanged La Gioconda and Cava./Pagliacci. I got:

La Cenerentola (yay!) - May 1, 2009
Orfeo ed Euridice - Jan 14, 2009

I'm really excited! I got two shows that I really wanted. I can't wait to see Garanca and Brownlee in Cenerentola. Garanca was outstanding in Barber last season and I've heard so much about Brownlee that I just can't wait to hear him.

Orfeo is going to be good just because I love the show and because I'm going with my best friend. It's going to be so much fun. :)

In other news: I start school tomorrow. I'm excited and nervous. It's going to be so much work this year. It's going to be hard, but I'm looking forward to it.

Here's to first-day jitters.