This week, I had the opportunity to participate in a couple of private master classes, one with a singer who is in the midst of a fairly prestigious international opera career, and another who is retired from one. For the first, I sang In Quelle Trine Morbide, from Manon Lescaut. It’s probably my best aria right now. For the latter, I sang Non Mi Dir, an aria that I’ve been struggling with.
It was a wonderful opportunity to get feedack on my singing from some experienced mentors who know the biz. I’m so grateful to these singers for taking the time to listen to me and two of my fellow students and offer their advice and wisdom.
Here are some takeaways:
- I need to work on breath control and support. I knew this. Now I know it more. “You’re not supporting well and it’s causing pitch problems.”
- Nerves are also a problem. I also knew this.
- I should put Non Mi Dir on the back burner, and spend some more time with Dove Sono.
- I need more coachings. I should start doing them regularly. I’m not sure how I’m going to pay for it.
- I have potential to be a proper dramatic soprano, but I need to stick to lyric soprano rep for now. For the second time in my life I was told that I could sing Turandot one day. In the meanwhile, I could look at the lighter soprano role from Puccini’s final opera, Liu.
- “Get a girdle.”
- I asked whether I ought to look at Mimi. “No one’s going to cast a big girl like you* as Mimi. You don’t look consumptive.”
- “You’re tall, good looking, and you’ve got a big voice.” Thank you.
- I need to trust my teacher.
*I’m nearly 6 feet tall and 200 lbs. Total Amazon.