Monday, March 31, 2014

On to the next thing

Having just finished an exhilarating production of Julius Caesar, I am reminded of how emotional this business is. For our artists who come and pour so much into their performances, it is an abrupt feeling for it to all be over so soon (particularly in a short regional company run!)

You then have to pick up and move on, either to another production or to a waiting period before the next project begins.  This is difficult, even as the producer - to build up and then relax out of it.

As you are beginning your singing journey, make sure you allow yourself the opportunity to "let down" from one experience before moving on to the next.  That way you will avoid emotional whiplash!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Julius Caesar

Just now, we at the Florentine are rehearsing a new production of Handel's Julius Caesar, and seeing our wonderful cast, I am reminded how many of things that have been covered here over the years about auditioning, hold true when it comes to performances as well.
This holds true especially in Baroque Opera, where often the performer is not aided by a lot of specific periphery, be it chorus, other roles, or scenery.

The power of the performer is front and center in Caesar - vocally, musically, and dramatically.  The challenge of feeling confident in how one tackles all these areas is certainly laid bare in this incredible opera. you're working on these areas for your auditions, know that auditions won't be the only place you'll make use of the skills you learn!