Posted by: Dramamezzo | October 14, 2010

Opera in Seasons

I know I can’t be the only one who goes through a slight depression when the opera season is over.  I start getting panicky in March desperate to make sure I hear and see enough to carry me through the summer.   Workshops and Festivals are few and very far between in my neck of the woods.

That is not the only season that leaves me feeling bereft.  It is the winter after productions also.  I have been blessed to be a part of 2 great productions in a row in less than a month!   My second set of performances start tomorrow and I’m already worried about what I will do without opera rehearsals to run to, and beautiful soprano and tenor sounds around me inspiring me to add my deep brassy mix. 

This depression can be offset when you have something to look forward to.  Even a month away is great timing to prepare for the next show retouch technique and spend some time with new rep before the next thing.  Any longer than that can be hard to take.

What has helped me is to have projects of my own.  If I can’t have a definite gig or show lined up, then I work on something to perform for whoever will listen.  If I’d waited for a smart conductor to higher me in the past I would not have performed enough to be ready for the few roles I have done.  Don’t wait on those people, their busy, they will get to you if your ready and their interested.  In the meantime get ready.  Make it your goal that when they are interested they won’t be able to afford you;-)

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