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I love singing, otherwise I sure wouldn’t be wasting my money studying out here. But singers, I don’t like them so much.

But it’s not all singers. It’s those singers who say that all they do is go home and listen to opera, every day of the year. If I did that I would shoot myself. What can I say? My attention span is pretty short, unless I’m so completely absorbed in something that it just draws me in and I can’t let go and give in to the moment. But that’s very rare – or only when the Leafs or Riders make the playoffs. But honestly, who are these “singers” who say, “I would die if I lost my voice!” GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK! If you don’t have a backup plan, you’re living in La-La Land (that’s kind of an unintentional funny pun). If I couldn’t sing anymore it would be pretty heart-wrenching, but I’d be a musicologist (which I’m planning on studying anyways) or I’d study political science or history. I don’t think that just because I don’t committ every second of every day to music that I’m a horrible singer whose gift should be taken away and given to someone else who is “worthy” of it. I’m sorry I don’t know every role Mirella Freni ever played, or know the entire complex plot of “Tosca”, but I’m learning. And besides, I don’t think I’ll ever be singing ANYTHING out of Tosca. I’m not one of those singers that wears my heart on my sleeve walking down the street. It comes out on the stage, where it matters. BUT, that doesn’t mean that when I’m in a masterclass I’m going to just pour my heart out and make it sound like a meeting of “Singers Anonymous” (I think that image is rather hilarious; I’ve been watching way too much “Corner Gas”). I’m a realistic singer. A down-to-earth singer.

I’m proud that I’m a “well-rounded” singer. I’m glad that I can sit down and watch a football or hockey game for three hours and be completely captivated and not think about singing. I’m thankful that I can tell you what’s going on in the news, that I’m politically informed. I believe that knowing these things shape my being and therefore my artistic side just as much as knowing every nuance and note in every Renée Fleming recording.

I wish singers would realize that they are a part of the real world, and that they’re affected by current events and politics. The art forms will NEVER be able to fully support themselves – they haven’t throughout the centuries and sure won’t now. They need government support. And singers need to quit being so elitist and make themselves (most importantly) and singing believeable and accessible, just like sports are (for the most part…).

I’m a singer. I’m committed to my art form. But, I’m also a Rider and Leaf fan, and I love politics and history. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It gives me so much more experience to draw on in performance.

I’m a singer. Not a “singer”. There’s a difference.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re just thinking to yourself over and over again, “What the heck am I doing here?” Yeah, well, I had one of those moments tonight. I had opera workshop rehearsal for a scene I’m doing, and my Italian got picked apart. My recitative style got picked apart. It was frustrating. Meanwhile, these other people are singing, and they’re older than me and they’ve all had much more experience with scenes and whatnot and I’m thinking, “I don’t belong here. Why am I here with these pros?” It’s an awful feeling – being a fish out of water. But the conductor pulled me aside afterwards and said, “It will be good Nicole. The music will be good.” I told him that I didn’t have much experience with recitative and that my Italian is much Mennonite-ized (which he laughed at) and he told me just to practice, say the Italian over and over again and I’d get it. That made me feel better. I’m definitely going to get back into the water…

Another funny story. A former high school teacher of mine asked my still high school-going sister what I was doing this year. She told him I was in Vancouver and was studying voice, and that I had convocated from the UR in June. He then asked her, “And then what’s she going to do?” Michelle said, “Sing, duh.” I thought that was a great response. Yes, I’ll have studied singing for 6 years post-high school, and I’m going to drop it all to become…a mechanic. I know other people have asked the question, and it’s a valid one. But it’s like any other career – if you studying nursing, chances are you’re going to become a nurse. But my Grade 3 teacher Mrs. Knoll did say to me during the summer, “You know Nicole, you are going to have to get a job one of these days.” Ah, but Mrs. Knoll, that’s the purpose of all of this training. To get a job. A good one. A job on a huge stage singing in front of thousands of people. Besides, I don’t think I’d be a very good mechanic.

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