On a serious note...

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The life of a singer can be a very odd one. We meet new people all the time, often become quite close to them, and then move onto our next gigs. We make many sacrifices along the way; living away from home, family and leaving friends behind. Strangely this seems to make the opera world a very close knit one, as we learn to rely on this network of singers to keep us sane, help us with homesickness and provide us with friendship. These are people we make life long bonds with, and are always happy to see, even if it has been years since we last spoke.

This is perhaps why I feel so moved by the plane crash in France a few days ago. I did not know the two singers Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner or their families, but my heart goes out to everyone in the opera community who did know them, and to the friends and families left behind. It is a reminder of our own mortality- how often have we been on these planes, taking the earliest flight home after closing night so that we can be with family? How often have we said goodbye to loved ones for months on end, flying around the globe?

It is a terrible tragedy, a reminder to cherish those close to you, and respect the people around you. A serious blog, I know, but as I prepare for another 2 months away from home, perhaps it is a timely one.

xxx

 

New York... and more

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Well, clearly having good intentions won't write a blog for you! I can't believe I haven't written since Chicago, it has been busy! I have been in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and I'm currently on my way to Salzburg!

Let's start with New York- it's a city I love dearly, and I always look forward to my visit there. Truly the city that never sleeps, I managed to pack an awful lot into two week! Four operas, two musicals and a play, all of which we're interesting in their own way, and some which I enjoyed a lot more than others. I also had the chance to work with some fantastic coaches and teachers. Once you start working full time it can be really difficult to find the time to work technically. My two weeks in New York were a great chance to check in with how my voice is developing and what I should be doing over the next very busy 18 months.

One of the highlights in New York was my first thanksgiving. The generosity of colleagues astounds me sometimes. We were invited into the home of an Australian expat, who spends a lot of his time singing in America. The warmth and kindness from all there, not to mention fun, of this holiday was simply beautiful. And very welcome after being away from home for a while! I think I might adopt thanksgiving!

From New York I ventured to London. It is another city I am becoming more familiar with, and enjoy more and more each time I visit! I was also very excited to see great friends and coaches there. I love the international Australian music network- you can never feel lonely for long! 

So as I settle into my new hotel- Salzburg this time, I'll sign off for now and enjoy the view! Perhaps a combined retrospective of the Christmas markets next time? Berlin, Vienna and Salzburg, I have seen many already!

Chicago

It's snowing outside today- so what better time to write a blog?! After such a fun and successful season in Dallas, it was hard to leave. It was especially difficult to say goodbye to lovely new friends. I think that might be the hardest part of the job! I'm in Chicago right now, a beautiful, if cold, city! I was lucky enough to see Il Trovatore at the Lyric Theatre last night- I don't think I could ever get sick of that music. The theatre itself is full of character. You'd be hard pressed to find a better preserved Art Deco theatre.

It was so lovely to catch up with Michael Black also. He is the current chorus master here in Chicago (lucky them!), and I love having the chance to catch up with friends around the world- even though I don't enjoy having to say goodbye!

So Chicago for a few mor days, and then off to New York. One of the cities of my heart, I cannot wait to return. But for now it's off to brave the cold and explore Chicago a little more!

Figaro!

It's been a very eventful few weeks here in Dallas. I've met some really lovely new people, and I'm really enjoying rehearsals for Figaro. What a privilege it is to sing this amazing music!

 

I haven't had a lot of time, but I've been trying to explore Dallas. I have felt so welcomed by everyone- southern hospitality is alive and well! The Texas state fair is on at the moment, I really hope we have a chance to go. Apparently everything is fried (sushi or beer fried anyone?!) and there is a different butter sculpture every year. Also, according to my Dallas natives, a cornydog is a must try. So much food!

 

Ten days now until we move out of the rehearsal room and into the theatre- I can't wait!

 

 

Dallas

After a very exciting year here in Australia, I'm over the moon to be heading off to the US for my debut there! It is such a joy to be singing the Contessa in Le Nozze Di Figaro- new role, new opera house, new colleagues! Fun times!!

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