Thursday, March 15, 2007

don't mind me and my split personalities...

I met with the music director yesterday for the marionette opera that I'll be involved in next month. My role has changed a few times since I became involved in this project. The opera is called La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola d'Alcina. First, I was hired to sing Melissa, who ultimately rescues Ruggiero from Alcina's island. Then, I was singing Alcina. Now, I'm singing... both! Alcina is a higher role, a magical temptress who can turn people in to enchanted plants, among other fun things. Melissa's singing lies a lot lower. She's "the good one" in the opera, and a much more grounded and earthy character than Alcina. She also has magical powers, but uses them only for good. In order to rescue Ruggiero, she transforms herself in to Atlante, and at this point she will be sung by a bass, so I won't be singing her entire role, but once she transforms back in to herself, she has a confrontation scene with Alcina, so I'll be talking to myself for a good 5 minutes or so. How fun! I guess I'll be experimenting with different vocal colors and characters! Of course, there will be different puppets onstage, so hopefully it won't be confusing for the audience.

In other news, apparently my Canadian envy has paid off -- I'll be spending six weeks at the Banff Centre this summer, participating in their Opera as Theatre Program! Woo hoo!!! I'm not exactly sure what my assignments will be there, but more on that as things develop. At the very least, I'll be spending six weeks in a great program in an absolutely stunning setting, so I'm excited!

5 comments:

ACB said...

FUN!!!! You are going to have a blast, oh man. Is DS the bass? I'm so jealous! That was the greatest gig. Take notes and write a lot!

And congrats again on Banff!!

Carol said...

Congratulations on Banff!! I'm so glad you got in and had sangria to boot. But you'll need to find something new to audition for up here next year, or else we'll all go into tapas withdrawl.

Melissa said...

Thanks, guys! :)

Yes, DS is the bass. How could that not be fun? I'll be sure to take lots of notes and photos!

kimvox said...

Brava Brava diva!

diane Garland said...

Cograts Mlis!!