Well, since returning from Louisiana, I've been hit with some nasty allergies. There's a lovely layer of mucus sitting on my cords, and every time I take a breath to sing, I end up hacking up a rainbow of phlegmy flavors. Can you have a smoker's cough if you don't smoke?
Anyhoo, I've been focusing on reviewing my Italian. I'm really looking forward to singing Figaro in the original language. Before my mucus attack hit, I got some good practice sessions in, and it feels great. Especially since I am being mindful of how I sing in the middle voice (I'm calling this Operation: Don't Sing Like An Idiot), I'm really looking forward to round two of Figaro. This bout with mucus is making me very impatient!
It's given me a little time to do some reading though. Modes and Manners, Beaumarchais in Seville, The Opera News book of Figaro (hilarious- I found it at a used book store in Eugene, OR). It's nice to have a refresher on the context of this opera, although every time I sit down to read I think of an old grad school friend who always chastised me when he saw me researching a role. "Oh, look at you, reading the source material for next year's opera. Looks like you'll land a nice big role in that one, huh?" Ah well.
Here's hoping this allergy crap is over soon. Until then...
AW - F.U.