Musings on m
y life as a busy opera singer, voice teacher, photographer and mom - not necessarily in that order! I consider myself immensely fortunate to have carved out a way of doing all of these things which mean so much to me - it may sometimes get a little crazy, but it's always worth it. Welcome to the madhouse!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Catching up with some reading

I recently picked up some books I've been promising myself to read for years, one of which is Patsy Rodenburg's extraordinary The Actor Speaks.

While much of Rodenburg's book is the building blocks of actually making and manipulating sounds, there is a LOT (and I mean lot) of the philosophy of acting and LIFE mixed in. Best of all, coming from the British tradition of theatrical training (of which I'm very proud to be a part myself - not a day goes by when I don't thank the RNCM in one way or another for what they gave me) voice and body technique is not skipped in favour of emotive expression, but the why's and wherefore of how one turns that physical technique
into text and, ultimately, heightened emotion are explored ... which is precisely the journey we take as singers.

One of the best books I've read in years - I can't believe I waited this long to buy it. I can see it's going to become a constant companion, since so much of it easily "crosses the floor" to be entirely relevant to the operatic process (both physically and theatrically).

Highly recommended.

Monday, February 15, 2010

When did I get swamped?

I'm not quite sure how it went from the carefully planned work curve I mapped out for this month to zOMG, but it has.

So, this is just a short update. I suspect part of the sudden feeling of 0-60 comes from losing a lot of "normal" daily life to the weather (I believe we're now up to about 80" of snow for the season, and it's just started dumping it AGAIN), and also to the wonderful 4-day-trip to Vancouver to take up a friend's invitation to see the dress rehearsal of the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. The trip itself was wonderful, even if travelling in-between snowstorms was more than a tad complicated! But we managed to make it both out and back, so one mustn't complain.

In the meantime, back to memorizing a LOT of music for a lrecital I'm doing next month. Watch this space for more news!