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 email@example.com it would be a great help.
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 )