The 10th Anniversary Concert (several weeks ago...maybe 4 weeks ago? wow...) went well, for the most part.
There were two concerts, one a friday night and one a sunday afternnoon.
Friday night was a bust, as far as I'm concerned, and sunday afternoon went much better, probably for a couple reasons.
So, friday night's breakdown: The concert itself went well, but the hall was hard to sing in...pretty much nothing came back to you when you sang, which can be a bit disconcerting. Also, for some reason, from the very first phrase, I had no breath under me. And with a piece like "Una Voce"...that only compounds on itself to get worse as the aria goes on. I had my usual nerves, but that didn't really affect me as much as my own panic mode about my air supply situation. Jon was there ushering, and he said it still sounded fine, although he could tell (because he knows my voice) that I was struggling at times. I am trying to trust him and his ears, only because it felt like one of the worst performances I'd given in a while.
Sunday afternoon, as I said, went much better. I still had a bit of an issue with the ending high note, which I've already discussed in my last post. But overall, I was happier with the performance. The hall (Mechanics Hall in Worcester) was beautiful and such a delight to sing in (great acoustics!), the audience was reactive and laughed at my pregnant attempts at being a funny Rosina, and I decided to really tone down my movements to extra-focus on my air - which I think worked. I got a message from a singer/director I don't know telling me what I good job he thought I did, and he sent me a picture from where he was seated that afternoon:
|there I am, in all my pregnant Rosina glory. :)|