Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wagner, Booing, and Patrick Stewart

If this doesn't make your day, I don't know what will.



Awww, Patrick Stewart at the Metropolitan Opera. What could be cuter than that? lol

Last night was the opening night of the Met season and there were celebs galore (Meg Ryan, Holly Hunter, etc). There was also booing galore. The crowd booed the director when he came out for his curtain call.

What is this? There hasn't been booing at the Met for the longest time and now we've had booing on the opening night of the season two years in a row. Last year they booed the new production of Tosca and this year they booed Wagner's Das Rheingold. Crazy! Apparently we are entering a new era in American opera and I'm here to witness it. Are we the next La Scala? lol I highly doubt it.

I'm kind of surprised the celebs made it through Wagner, even though Das Rheingold is the shortest installment of the massive Ring Cycle. It's only two-and-a-half hours (lol) with no intermissions (that's the hard part). The last part of the Ring Cycle is almost six hours long. It's title is so long that it almost takes 6 hours to pronounce it -- Götterdämmerung. I love the German language and its super-long words. :)

But much can be said for the die-hard nature of opera fans. The Met broadcasted a simulcast outside, in Lincoln Center, and people stood out there in the rain to watch it. Unlike the celebrities inside, they stood for the two-and-a-half hour opera. What dedication! I would have been right there with them had I not had opera rehearsal last night. :) Viva l'opera!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

College Essays, aka Deja Vu

After I finished my final essay for undergraduate admission, I assumed (somewhat naively) that I'd never have to write another college essay again. So you might understand why I was taken a bit off guard when I started my grad school applications and found that I had to write more essays.

Why is it that they always ask the hard questions? Something like "What value do you believe your art form has for society?" is something that could take me weeks to answer properly. There is so much to be said! Too bad there's a 1-2 page limit!

All I can say is, I'm glad I started early because this is going to take me a while. How can I possibly smash all my feelings and opinions on these huge, important subjects into 500-word packages? I suppose now is the time to discover the definition of "concise." These essays are going to take some soul-searching and word-wrangling, but, as always, I'm excited for the challenge.

Bring it on, college essays! Do your worst.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Debut!

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be making my company debut with Opera Manhattan on October 9th in their "Great Opera Ensembles" concert! I'm very excited!

I'll be singing Pauline in a duet from Queen of Spades and Third Lady in the opening trio from The Magic Flute. It's taking place at Symphony Space in Manhattan, so this is also my NYC debut. I'm so privileged to be a part of Opera Manhattan's Studio Ensemble Program and I can't wait to see what I'm going to learn and experience!

There is so much opera in my life right now that I could just burst from it. I LOVE IT! :D

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Singing Opera = Lose Weight?

Here is an amazing, amazing lady talking about a very important topic: singers and their weight. I love what she says here; she's dead-on and she would know! Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the most committed artists I have ever known, you know that she works hard at everything she does, and she always looks great on stage (and off!) so I trust her opinion. You tell them, Dame Te Kanawa!!

Here's the interview on BBC.


Check it out - she has lots of wisdom to share with us all. :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Klingon Opera - You Can't Make This Stuff Up


If you happen to be one of three people in the world who likes opera and Star Trek, you'll appreciate this project that a Dutch theater has undertaken.

They're premiering a Klingon Opera! How exciting, right? hahahah YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP.

Here's a link to the theater and here's a link to an article about it written by WIRED (which has some funny promotion videos). Have fun!