Monthly Archives: May 2012

New Repertoire, Spring 2012

Sometimes you feel super busy but not productive, and you wonder what you spent all your time doing (certainly wasn’t laundry… or learning a new language).  Making a list helps.  Here’s music I added to my repertoire during Spring semester.

French:

  • Lakmé  in Act 1 of Lakmé(Délibes)
    • Opening sequence: Blanche Durga
    • Flower duet with Mallika: Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleur … Dôme épais, le jasmin
    • Les fleurs me paraissent plus belle … Pourquoi
    • Duet with Gérald: D’où viens-tu? Que veux-tu?
  • Trois Mélodies (Messiaen)
    • Pourquoi
    • Un sourire
    • La fiancée perdue

Italian:

  • Norina selections from Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
    • So anch’io la virtù magica
    • Tornami a dir
  • Role: Amore – Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) – Bärenreiter edition
    • T’assiste Amore … Gli sguardi trattieni
    • Orfeo, che fai?
    • Triomphi Amore
  • other Amore selections from Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) – Ricordi edition
    • Amore assisterà … Se il dolce suon
    • Ascolta, ascolta allor, Orfeo … Gli sguardi trattieni

English:

  • My heart leaps up (Miss Wordsworth) – Albert Herring (Britten)
  • Sure on this shining night (Barber)
  • The harp that hangs on Tara’s walls (Pasatieri)
  • Role: Lucy – The Telephone (Menotti)

German:

  • Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln (Blondchen) – Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
  • Ich wollt’ ein Sträußlein binden (R. Strauss)
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11 months later

It’s been just over 11 months since I embarked on my singing journey, moving out of San Diego, first to San Francisco for the summer and then Arizona for school.  I’ve been back in San Diego a few times, but every “visit” had a rushed feeling to it.  The first visit was really just a pit-stop as I drove from San Jose to Phoenix (my brother and I decided to break up the 12-hour by spending a night in San Diego before heading East into the desert).  The next two trips were for singing: one for the Messiah (the weekend after my jury and before the rest of my finals, yikes!) and the other for the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artist Competition (3rd place, yay!).  Both were weekend marathons of driving, rehearsing, singing, and then driving back.  It wasn’t until this past weekend when I went to San Diego for my friend and fellow-soprano Jen’s senior recital that I relaxed and relished in the things I missed so much about the area.  Of course, I couldn’t stop myself from making this a working vacation by scheduling a rehearsal with the pianist I’m working with for the Musical Merit audition… but I got that out of the way early on – driving 6 hours, warming up and practicing at my alma mater, then jumping right into an hour-long rehearsal to run all 8 pieces of music – so I could spend the next 1.5 days enjoying the things I had to say goodbye to 11 months ago.

FRIENDS.

Managed to see an impressive number of friends in one visit, including former roommates, co-workers, a cousin, and my teacher-turned-mentor.  Catching-up, revelations, reassurances, reminiscing, planning…

FOOD.

Maybe I have the wrong impression about the food scene in Phoenix because I seem to go to the same 3 places repeatedly and in rotation, but food in San Diego seems more interesting and more delicious. Also, there are more Asian tea shops with much more satisfying and crave-worthy teas.

Pistachio crusted salmon

Tried a new restaurant with Enrique: Finch’s Wine Bar and Bistro in downtown La Jolla. This is their pistachio crusted salmon.

fruity and refreshing

Strawberry and passion fruit teas at Tea Garden. Not pictured: the amazing milk green tea and fried tofu Kristina treated me to at Tea n’ More.

YOGA.

Natasha still teaches on Saturday mornings, so I indulged myself and surprised her by showing up for her class.  She was my first yoga teacher and remains one of the most positive and powerful souls I know.  Walking over to the gym, rolling out my mat, and hearing her voice – it was like I’d never left.  The class was superb – we went through the primary series – and I came out sweaty, flexible, and full of joy.

The OCEAN.

Phoenix has its charm, and I’m getting used to the heat, but I miss having the water a few miles away.  After brunch, my cousin, his girlfriend, and I walked down to Scripps Park in La Jolla so I could get my ocean-fix.

Headed toward the water.

Looking down the coast in La Jolla. Didn’t have time to go into the water, but having the wind in my hair was good.

La Jolla. The horizon is that much more mysterious when it’s floating along the waves.

Jen’s recital went well, and I loved the repertoire she presented.  In particular, the English and French pieces stood out.  She sounded great, and the new concert hall (which wasn’t there when I was going to school) is shiny and lovely.  I’d love a chance to sing in there someday!

In less than 2 weeks I’ll be back on San Diego for Musical Merit.  We’ve already made plans to go salsa dancing the Wednesday I’m in town, but the rest of the week will likely be less adventurous: I’ll need to stay focused on the audition. The fun can come right after!

Overdue

It’s been a while since my last post, but don’t worry! lack of posting does not mean I have fallen off the singing wagon.  It was a very busy, very productive semester: I learned a lot of music, and better yet, I feel my technique improving each week.  When I say I feel it, I literally mean that it physically feels different.  Things are resonating in different places around and through my passaggio, and my [a] vowel is getting more consistent!  It used to take a long time for my voice to feel ready to sing (warming up 4 hours in advance), but that amount of time has steadily been decreasing as I’ve built a routine of vocalizes to warm up with.

School ended a few weeks ago. I thought I’d have more free time, but somehow I’ve ended up with a schedule that’s busier than anticipated.  Aside from learning music for BASOTI, I’m working part-time, practicing pretty much every day, spending more time with friends, going to yoga, and trying to get back into salsa dancing.

Must run off to work now.  Here’s to an action-packed summer, and I’ll post soon about The Telephone, Lakmé, cover studying Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice, and the music I’m working on!