Sorry—this post has nothing to do about cheese, but I felt I should write about it, since the topic is so special to me. Today, I had my first opera audition.
I cannot even tell you how long it has taken me to decide to focus my energy on opera, find a voice teacher I like working with and who can explain technique properly, find the motivation to keep studying, and then develop the confidence in myself and my voice to go and want to sing for other people. OK, it has been twenty years. But seeing as I’m not yet thirty, that’s a long time. If you had met me just a few years ago, you would have seen a very different person from today. I was so afraid of the wrath of other people’s judgment. There was no way you could have ever put me in front of a single person to sing. Plus, at the time, I was working with some pretty bad voice teachers, so that didn’t help matters at all.
Today went pretty well, and whatever the outcome, I am proud of myself! I stayed in control of my breathing and got through my first aria (Vedrai Carino, Zerlina’s aria from Mozart’s Don Giovanni) without any problems. My second aria (O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me from Semele by Handel) was a bit trickier because of the timing and tempo. I did as well as I could with the accompanist, who made some mistakes of his own. But even with the hiccups, I remembered to stay centered.
So much preparation for 7 minutes of audition time.