Every so often, while training to be a classical singer, the hard work pays off and this week was one of those lovely occurrences…
I auditioned for the soprano solo in Carmina Burana way back in September along with many of my colleagues at music college and remember getting the email confirming I’d got the part as I was walking along the Thames, near Temple. I’d never expected I’d get it against so many competent undergrad and postgrad singers and literally jumped up and down with excitement. Thankfully, my husband was walking alongside me so I didn’t look too crazy. Best of all, Dominic Peckham, conductor of many amazing choirs including the Royal Opera House’s RM19 Youth singing group, would be conducting us. Continue reading So, can every week be like that one?
On Wednesday, Trinity Laban students were treated to another free recital from the Jette Parker Young Artists and this time, the wonderful tenor, Samuel Sakker and beautiful Soprano, Anush Hovhannisyan performed. As we had a rehearsal for the upcoming Carmina Burana, we were only able to make the second half, but what a second half it was.
My highlights were “Deh, se piacer mi vuoi” from La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart. Anush’s warm tones had deep resonance which made it all the more delightful when she manoeuvred around the coloratura phrases (which means the bits that are very busy, with lots of notes) with seeming ease. She looked every inch the diva and I loved that about her aura!
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I think it’s important to take a step back from the informative side and just explain why we take on this journey to become a classical singer.
I remember when I first realised I could sing classically; I’d started singing lessons with a new teacher who was based at my first high school and she had me sing scales. I just kept going higher and higher until she stopped and left the room, she returned 5 minutes later with the Head of Music and his colleague and said, “Listen to this!” It was such a buzz being paraded around in this way, but even better that all this fuss was coming from me doing something that felt very natural. It didn’t stop there either, like pretty much every student at a music conservatoire, I was very much a big fish in a small pond. I won prizes in local music festivals, sang solos for local choral societies and made a name for myself at school for my musical ability. In short, my singing ensured I was praised by many and in turn it made me feel great.
So this is why we sing; it feels so good! Continue reading So, that’s why I do this!
Last Wednesday, we were offered free tickets to see a recital given by two Jette Parker Young Artists, Rachel Kelly and Kiandra Howarth accompanied by David Gowland.
To put it all into context, the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme was set up by the Royal Opera House to provide promising singers who’ve graduated from a Music (on the whole) degree and are looking for a career in opera. It’s an arena for up to 16 participants to receive a tailored programme where they are fully integrated at the ROH and given their own roles as well as being understudy to some massive names. In short, it’s the dream; if you have the backing and expertise of the ROH, then you are sure to go on to great things and the Jette Parker alumni are testament to that! Continue reading So, how do I get into your gang?