Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thought for the day......

Achieving your goals should entail being the best that you can be.
The rest to a large extent is fate, and one should neither take credit for the positives, nor curse fate for the negatives.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A diversion

I have to take a moment and share some exciting news: The Florentine Opera has just had its first commercial recording released on the Naxos label (also available on iTunes): Aldridge's Elmer Gantry, recorded at our performances in March of 2010. This is a fantastic opera, that premiered at Nashville Opera in 2007. I think it is destined to be a part of the standard repertoire. Note to mezzos: Sharon Falconer's 1st act aria is quite beautiful. There is a recording with piano on Youtube with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson doing it from the early 90's when the piece was still being workshopped.
In any case, we are quite excited and honored that the project came to fruition.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A response:

I had this query to my recent post:

This blog is very interesting and helpful, I'm glad I found it! But I'm curious about a couple of things - if you were a featured/solo member of the chorus, should that be noted or left off? and why do you suggest leaving off "in preparation" roles? i've always been told it is important to put them on. i understand it's subjective, but i can't help but wonder! i look forward to your response and future posts!

To the first question: Your hunch here is correct in my opinion - being a featured/solo member of the chorus should most certainly be listed.
To the second question: I admit this is only my opinion - I've never understood the importance of listing roles worked on, and here's why: At most, they show you are working on appropriate stuff. But, if I want you for a role, the fact that you have or have not studied it will play no part in my deliberation - if I want you for it, and I hire you, I'm assuming you'll learn it. If I don't want you for it, the fact that you're studying it, won't change my mind.
On balance, it hurts nothing to put this down, as long as it is not at the expense of listing more important things!
Thanks for the question.