Monday, April 17, 2006

...and back to the grindstone

Well, vacation, lovely as it was, is over, and I'm back to work. 8 weeks of school left! (but who's counting, right?) It will be a busy next few weeks, with 2 choir concerts and a showcase (mixture of dramatic readings, musical numbers, and dance -- the culmination of the showcase class that I'm team teaching). But, after that, it's all down hill to the end of the year.

Cenerentola is in the books. It was a hectic pace to get it together (in fact, opening night was our first full run, which is always a little disconcerting), but in the end it was a great show, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Now, I'm excited to get to work on the pile of music on my piano:
  1. Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder -- I'm studying with a renowned Wagnerian singer, and these lie well for me (possibly the only Wagner I'll ever sing, but who knows?), so it seemed like a natural fit. I'll be performing them at a little recital coming up -- good incentive to get them learned quickly!
  2. Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis -- I've been wanting to learn these for years, and the aforementioned recital provided a great opportunity.
  3. Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde -- mostly just to learn them, but they might be useful for an upcoming audition.
  4. Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict -- a local company is doing this in the fall, so I'm looking at Beatrice's big aria in the second act. It's quite a sing! But, I'm having fun learning it.
  5. Several arias to be dusted off for upcoming auditions, including the mother's aria from Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Wow, my plate is full! I'm thrilled to be working on so many art songs. I haven't done a lot of that lately and I really miss it. I passionately love opera, but I think recitals are really where I feel most at home. Probably my piano background is the reason for this. I love the more intimate feel of recitals, of feeling like I'm communicating directly with the audience, with no stage make-up or costumes disguising me. It's just a small recital coming up, but I can't wait.


Ariadne said...

Wow, those are awesome recital pieces! Super fun!

[Love Amahl! My 13 year old daughter Hannah and I have a joke about the recit from Amahl, where he always says, "Yes, Mother!" If I'm starting to nag her, Hannah replies to me with Amahl like recit saying, "Knock it off, Mother!" ]

And this renowned Wagnerian singer, can you give us a teensy, teensy hint? pleeease? we are so curious...

Anonymous said...

I know a fan of your who's been looking forward to hearing you sing the Debussy for years. He can't wait!

Ariadne said...

Thanks for the e-mail. Wow, that teacher is ... WOW! Lucky you!!!

Do you think you might learn the Mahler Kindertoten Lieder & Fahrendegeselle? My first, favorite and for a great many years as a teen ONLY classical singing record I personally owned (Dad owned monstrous amounts) was Christa Ludwig singing those.

Here it is it's like $7 bucks. (I highly recommend it!)

You go girl!

Melissa said...

Thanks! Anonymous fan -- can you get away for lunch next Thursday? It's a noon-hour recital. :)

Ariadne -- I've done the Wayfarer Songs and LOVE them -- I'll have to find an excuse to learn the Kindertotenlieder soon. I already own that recording -- Christa Ludwig is my favorite. :)

Ariadne said...

You rock!