Oh my gosh, you guys! I canโ€™t believe it: my first ever blog-post is here!!!


Are you excited yet? I know I am!
I canโ€™t wait to share all aspects of my epic journey with you, starting with my new adventure here in Cardiff!

Alright, enough with the hyperbole, before I get carried away and lose all your interest ๐Ÿ˜‰

A lil‘ bit about me

First off, let me just quickly introduce myself for all of you who may not know me.

Iโ€™m Rebeca, a 30-year-young classical soprano from the Netherlands.

I am married to the sweetest, sincerest and (equally-) weird guy I know: Diego. Together we live with the two cutest creatures you have ever seen before: Armani (I know, I know. In my defense: I was young and had no inspiration) and Yoshi.

I have even more interests than I can keep up with myself, so I will spare you all those details. If you are interested, just leave a comment/question below and make sure to follow me on Instagram andย Twitter.

In 2016 I completed my โ€˜Bachelor of Musicโ€™ studies at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium.

I am studying to get my Masterโ€™s degree in Classical Voice at the โ€˜Conservatorium Maastrichtโ€™ย where I am trying to specialize in โ€˜Operaโ€™, my true love (sorry, Diego).

At the end of this school year I am, hopefully, going to graduate and besides living my life, practicing and (trying) to work on my master research I will spend the coming three months in Cardiff!

My Cardiff adventure

Last schoolyear I got accepted to participate in an exchange module via the โ€˜European Opera Academyโ€™ and I will spend my time at the โ€˜Royal Welsh College of Music and Dramaโ€™, you know, Anthony Hopkinsโ€™ Alma Mater. (*Squeaks with excitement*)

It all started in March when I was checking out the website of the European Opera Academy. I had been working on my master research for quite some time at that point, and I was very excited to work out all the logistics when I came across the module they were offering in Cardiff. I read the description and I immediately knew this would be perfect, not only for my research but for my development as an acting singer as well!

I applied, knowing that I would never be accepted, because up until that point 85% of the responses I got were rejections letters and emails.ย 
FYI: this percentage is completely accurate: I made a calculation and my husband, who is a mathematician, corrected it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aaanywayโ€ฆ fast-forward to May when I received the long-anticipated e-mail.
At that time we were visiting Munich and we had just visited โ€œAlter Peterโ€ to admire the amazing view. I was checking my phone to see where we were going next when I noticed I received an email from RWCMD. I stood there for a full minute deliberating what to do. I think the conversation I was having with myself went a little something like this:

โ€œOMG, they have made a decision!
Should I read it now? What if they said โ€˜noโ€™ and the rest of our day will be ruined. But what if they saidโ€ฆ โ€˜YESโ€™, I will be sooo happy and nothing can ruin my day, week, month, yearโ€ฆ

-Read it.
-But what if…
-Read it.
-I’m scared…
-Read. It.
-But, but what if they hated it…
-READ IT!!!”

And so I read the email, I was so flabbergasted by the response that I had to read it three times before screaming all over the Marienplatz โ€œI canโ€™t believe it! Iโ€™m going to Cardiffโ€

Diego and I were both jumping up and down for joy while being eyed-up and receiving many disapproving looks from neat and tidy elderly ladies. Yes, it was a moment to remember.

And nowโ€ฆ I am actually in Cardiff! I arrived on Tuesday and Iโ€™ve been exploring a bit.ย 

I have walked around quite a bit, had some great food and found my new favourite grocery store (Shout-out to Tesco).

I have done a walking tour with Fogo’s tours,ย which I highly recommend if youโ€™re interested in finding out about the landmarks and the culture and history of Cardiff.

The people here are really nice and helpful and this has made it easier for me to adapt.

The RWCMD is a short 14-minute walk from where Iโ€™m staying and itโ€™s the closest I have ever lived to a school.

I am so excited and blessed to be here and I canโ€™t wait to start my studies!

6 thoughts on “#1

  1. Omg girl! That sound so great! Definitely will follow your new adventure in Cardiff and wishing to make only great memories for the rest of your life there! ๐Ÿ’™

  2. Sob….this is….sob….your singing teacher….
    sob…..whom you left behind in Maastricht……๐Ÿ˜ช
    No, no really…just go out there and have fun….
    sob…..ENJOY AND SING, DIVA!!!!!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜

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