I hope you all had a great week!!
I just realized I’ve been here now for exactly 2 months and I have only 6 weeks left! It’s crazy how time flies!
This week was a pretty chill one for me, while all of my classmates are having full days of rehearsal because of the upcoming opera scenes concerts.
I only had classes on Tuesday and Friday this week, and that was it!
I have been working a lot on new repertoire and I am very happy that I actually have time to do that right now!
Friday we had an interesting masterclass called ‘Opera in translation’ and it is exactly what it sounds like: we worked on opera arias translated into English.
It was very interesting to find out how a translator works on opera libretti.
Unfortunately, the repertoire was limited to 4 Mozart operas, which meant I had to dust off an aria that I hadn’t been working on for a long long time, but somehow I survived 😋
After our long day on Friday, we decided to let off some steam and we went for drinks and after that, we went to our favorite hangout place ‘Coco gelato’ for some ice cream!
Like I said before, this week was pretty mellow for me, so I had a lot of time for some r&r.
I think I’ve watched about 4 Christmas movies #sorrynotsorry 😆
Some were obviously nicer than other.
I’ve watched ‘Bodyguard’ a new series which I would highly recommend if you’re into political thrillers.
I also subscribed to the Met HD on Demand service. It’s free of charge for the first 7 days! After that, it’s $14,99 a month, which is not a bad deal at all, I think! I’ve been meaning to watch more productions and this is a great way of doing that since, unlike with YouTube, you don’t have to worry about the quality of the video & sound and the subtitles.
They have around 650 performances available and so far I’ve seen 3! 😃
The operas I watched are:
-‘Un ballo in maschera’ from 2012 with Sondra Radvanovsky (Amelia), Marcelo Alvarez (Riccardo), Kathleen Kim (Oscar), Stephanie Blythe (Ulrica) and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Renato);
-‘Lohengrin’ from 1986 with Peter Hofmann (Lohengrin), Eva Marton (Elsa), Leonie Rysanek (Ortrud), Leif Roar (Telramund) and John Macurdy (King Heinrich);
-‘Peter Grimes’ from 2008 with Anthony Dean Griffey (Peter Grimes), Patricia Racette (Ellen Orford) and Anthony Michaels-Moore (Balstrode).
Next week I’m planning on watching some operas that I’ve never seen before!
Saturday I went to the cinema with a friend to watch a live broadcast (from the Met) of ‘Marnie’.
It’s a very new opera by Nico Muhly, that premiered in 2017 in London.
The opera is based on the novel by Winston Graham.
The singers in this production were Isabel Leonard (Marnie), Janis Kelly (Mrs. Rutland), Denyce Graves (Marnie’s mother), Iestyn Davies (Terry Rutland) and Christopher Maltman (Mark Rutland).
It was an amazing production and I really like this opera a lot!
Not the most eventful week for me, but that’s how life goes sometimes!
I do have to say I felt quite “guilty” for not doing a lot this week. Especially when all my colleagues around me are working frantically on their upcoming concerts and I’m just walking around (almost) without a care in the world.
But it’s okay to just take a breath and enjoy the time off that you have.
We don’t always have exciting stuff going on/to do and that’s just how it is sometimes. Just make everyday count and enjoy every minute of it!
And that was it already for this week, you guys!
I hope you enjoyed reading this and please stay in touch!
Love you all!!!
Warning – Jenny Joseph
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.