Work and Play – its a fine balance

Zueignung – Richard Strauss

2014 has started with real promise and lots of hard work :).  I have a busy few weeks ahead of me and I need to focus on the areas of my performance that need attention. This means listening to my teachers, especially my singing teacher Kath, particularly trying harder on my pronunciation, and my consonants. Sometimes it can be hard to have your weaker areas laid bare in front of you but how are we to improve if we can not accept that these improvements are essential and work to correct them.  I’ve been studying all weekend but managed to get to the Opera at the RCS on Saturday and have a little down time with friends.

This video above is the last of my classical recordings from 2013 and if any of you speak fluent German I would love to get your feedback on my pronunciation and phrasing. If you could e-mail me at it would be a great help.

The RCS production of Mozart’s “La C  lemenza di Tito”

Last night I went with friends to watch the RCS production of Mozart’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ which was Mozart’s last opera, set in Rome and based on the turbulent life of the emperor Titus.  The set and lighting were outstanding with beautiful scenery which explored the themes of the opera. 

There was a modern approach to costumes, which linked in with the clean lines of the wonderful ‘ROMA’ set.

The character “Sesto”, I thought was the most outstanding of the night. Her portrayal of sincere love and innocence while displaying strength within the character was an excellent portrayal of the young love struck boy. Even though sung by a mezzo!

This was a great performance and one I really enjoyed, the tickets are selling fast but there are a still a few for Monday 20th Jan, Friday 24th January and Saturday 25th January 2014 ( Box Office Link )

35 thoughts on “Work and Play – its a fine balance

    1. Thanks Pascal Merci 😉 your French pronunciation has helped with my Faure piece. Enjoying your new experimental art. Monday’s are my busiest day of the week and I’ve got loads on tomorrow so an early nights calling.
      All the best

  1. What a treat to find another performance from you in my inbox. I speak some German, but I wasn’t really able to hear well enough to comment. It didn’t sound like any other language…

    1. Thank you Hilary I hope you enjoyed it. I’m up to chapter 11 of Unseen Unsung, really enjoying it but I’ve had to put it on hold for a couple of weeks can’t wait to discover more.
      Best wishes

  2. Beautiful voice! Absolutely wonderful! I’ve sent a link to this post to a friend of mine that speaks German fluently (well, he should….he’s actually German!) and I hope that he will get in touch with you. Not sure if he will or not, but I sure hope so. Sounds like your 2014 is off to a busy, and productive, start!

  3. Challenging piece, Charlotte. Lovely to listen to the video. Glad you could take some time out with friends to relax. All the best for your studies. 🙂

    1. Thanks for dropping by and for listening to my performance. I know that I need to put the work in this year to improve my technical ability but I would like to find a balance to help me chill out and relax too 🙂

      Best wishes

  4. My German is horrendously rusty but you sounded pretty good there. 🙂
    And you’re quite right, if we want to make any progress at anything, we have to be willing to swallow our pride and listen to constructive criticism.

    1. Hi Stephanie, I have always been lucky enough to work with teachers that are supportive but honest with their critiques. In whatever I have done this has helped me to focus and improve.

      Best wishes

  5. Hi. I don’t know much about classical voice but my niece is a studying vocal performance (she sang a German piece for me at Christmas) and I have sent her a link to your site.

    1. Thank you, I’m enjoying improving my German, I had some great advice from a native Czech speaker Lukas, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to get some feedback from my German blog friends 😉
      Best wishes

  6. Good performance, great last note with a nice gesture to tie it all together. Interesting, I’d consider your voice to be quite dark, but there is a clarity and weightlessness to it.

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