I feel that I can now officially announce that this year, I will be part of Delaware Valley Opera's Professional Artist Development Program!
I'm so excited! This is such an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to get started!
My first opera with them will be Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. I'm singing the role of Larina (Tatyana's mother), which is exceedingly beautiful and rather challenging. The language itself is extremely difficult (for me), but IPA helps so it's not impossible. Besides, this is a great time to get better at it! And of course Tchaikovsky's music is just the right blend of beauty and complexity. It's not easy but it's so worth it!
Right now I'm just pouring over my score and carrying it everywhere (basically sleeping with it like a stuffed animal), spending every spare moment working on it. I sent in my costume measurements and realized, "This is for real!"
I have to admit that I'm rather nervous: the rehearsals start in a month and this will be my first real "professional" experience. I just really want to be über-ready. Needless to say, I'm pumped! And I'll be sure to fill you all in on things as they progress. Until then, no rest for the weary!