Greetings Esteemed Friends & Fans!
It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, because I’ve been doing a heck of a lot of opera-ing these past few months!
Last month I ended up singing the role of Violetta completely unexpectedly! Let me explain: back in August, I was hired as the cover for Center Stage Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. Now, covers usually do a lot of sitting around while the lead singers strut their stuff onstage during rehearsals, which is what I did for several weeks, although initially I did get some stage time.
Then, on the morning of the last performance, I got that call that all covers both covet and dread: 4 hours before show time, I was informed that the lead soprano had laryngitis and I would be singing the whole dang opera! How’s that for stress?! 4 hours later, I was all dolled up and rearing to go for the opening party scene, and 3 hours after that I expired gloriously at the end of the last act.
It was, hands down, the most fun I’ve had in my entire life.
I would have loved to invite all of you in the Southern California area to attend, but with only 4 hours advance notice I was rather preoccupied with getting myself in order. Luckily for you, the performance was recorded! On the AUDIO page you can listen to Violetta’s 1st act aria (better known as Sempre Libera), and at the very bottom of this website you can listen to an extended half-hour excerpt of highlights from the entire opera.
But wait – there’s more! You can still hear me sing live! I have 3 upcoming performance dates:
October 26th @ 4pm – I will be singing highlights from Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess with the Southeast Symphony at their Back To Broadway concert. Click here for details.
November 8th @ 2pm – I will be singing the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Repertory Opera Company in their opening opera of the 2014/2015 season. Click here for details.
November 15th @ 2pm – I will be singing the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Repertory Opera Company in their opening opera of the 2014/2015 season. Click here for details.
Have a wonderful Halloween, and I’ll be sure to send out another newsletter before Christmas – after I’m done with all this opera-ing! Whew!