Yeah for new music!

First of all: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Lions! Mwah ha ha ha! Now I feel better…

Now I need to answer Jolee’s question. I’ve been singing at the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Recital Hall the last couple of days. We’ve been rehearsing some opera scenes for about 6 weeks, and we finally got the chance to perform them. My favorite scene was from L’Elisir d’amore, a 19th-century comic opera by Donizetti. I played Adina, a wealthy, smart, sophisticated and witty landowner, who, in the scene we did, makes fun of poor Nemorino, a farm boy who is helplessly and hopelessly in love with her – isn’t opera great? The scene was so much fun because it wasn’t possible to go too far. And I got to work with a guy named David who’s a REAL tenor. That in itself was great. And, as in all comic operas, by the end, Adina realizes that she loved Nemorino all along, and they live happily ever after.

The other scene I was in is from The Merry Wives of Windor, another 19th-century opera by Otto Nicolai. The story is much more complicated. I played Mrs. Ford, who tricks her husband into believing that she’s having an affair with another man. So, he’s a little upset with me in the scene we did, and I am completely melodramatically sobbing and crying and whatnot. It’s long, it’s complicated and frankly, the music isn’t that great – the Donizetti is SOOOOO much better, musically speaking.

I was really happy with all of my performances. Today’s wasn’t as great as the other two, as vocally I was feeling a bit tired, but I was still happy. Happy because I actually have learned a lot in the past two months, and happy because I’ve made some good progress. But I am really looking forward to moving into some new repertoire. Bring on more Donizetti! Yeah!

After this afternoon’s performance, I headed to a Grey Cup party in North Vancouver at Donna’s house. Donna is the accompanist at the Academy, and is turning into a good friend. She’s from Prince Albert, and knows some people I know in Regina. And Donna LOVES football and LOVES the Riders. We had so much fun watching the 2nd half of the game – we missed the first half because of the concert – and it was so nice to be around musicians who like football!!!! And some who don’t, but still got into the spirit of it! We all cheered for the Argos – as much as it pained me to do so. Come on, most of us in that room are from Saskatchewan, and those cocky Lions needed to be taught a lesson. And taken down from their pedestal. A good time was had by all. And that’s NOT just because of the final result, even though it did play a little part in it…

And I had two new experiences today. I took the SeaBus, which goes across the water from North Vancouver to Downtown Vancouver. And then I took the SkyTrain! Finally!!!! That was very cool, too, even though it’s basically a subway. And I figured out two new bus routes to get me home from downtown so that I don’t have to chase the 98 B-Line all over the place. This place is fantastic guys – but I wouldn’t mind a little snow one of these days. It sure doesn’t feel like November…

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1 comment
  1. Anonymous said:

    There’s no snow here either…. you ain’t missing much. Oh, and the performances sounds great! Always nive to have someone fall madly in love with you!!

    ~Jolee

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