So I'm working on getting an internet connection at home so that I can fall back into the habit of boring you all senseless with my updates. I just thought I should pop in quickly to say what's what!!
I'm spending the 2010 academic year at the Australian National University School of Music, studying a Master of Music by coursework. It will take me one year to complete. I am studying German, and classical vocal performance. That is all. It is fantastic. No theory, no history, no musicology, no choir - nada! Just singing lessons, vocal coaching, opera chorus class, graduate seminar class, vocal performance class... and four German classes per week. UTTERLY BRILLIANT. The people here are DELICIOUS. I am learning from Louise Page, the loveliest and warmest soprano that there ever was.
It was a grand move on my part. Hooray for me. Yes! I may not have ended up in the opera degree in Sydney, but I am doing something infinitely better, surrounded by nice people who genuinely want to help me to become a better and more intuitive performer. What more do I really need?
So much has happened but I particularly want to mention a couple of sessions I've been lucky enough to have with Tessa Bremner. What a lovely, lovely lady. She knows where it's at. She can read you like a book by just looking at you! She's so open and has helped me to relax and release my own performance through my body. I would happily have a session a week with her for the rest of my life.
Current repertoire that I'm working on is Schumann's Liederkreis, Walton's Three Facade Songs, Korngold's Marietta's Lied from Die tote Stadt, Mozart's Requiem (soprano solo), Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915, and a selection of Duparc songs.