Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ok, darned good week of singing

I got to have my first lesson in a month on Monday, and I have to admit, I have had a marvellous week of learning and growth.  The Macbeth aria feels very good, and the "Donna non vidi mai" is beginning to feel like something I have sung for years.  Now I just have to go out there and sing them in front of people.  That is what sets it apart.

I am at the point now that the text is becoming mine.  I was incredibly blown away by the sincereity of the text to "Ingemisco."  I groan for God, who forgave May Magdelene, to redeem me.  I get that, and I can groove on it...

Text.  That is always what creates the drama.  Music enhances it. The voice, the body, and the face convey it.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Good lesson today

Beggan with the "Ah, la paterna mano" from Macbeth.  Felt good.  I just over sang it.  Did the same with the "Donna non vidi mai" from Manon Lescaut.  But I learned a lot from the "Ingemisco" today.  That was the piece that set me up.

I had gotten a bit heavy with my last Barbiere, and I misunderstood a couple of things from my coaching with William Hicks.

I also appreciate Jackson's faith in me.  Never had that before in a teacher.  Pretty danged cool, if you ask me.