It’s been a hectic week for me and I’ve taken a couple of days off with my parents to chill and relax after all the excitement of the opera and the exhilarating Jean Highgate scholarship for singing competition on Thursday 15th May 2014.
My parents took a couple of days off work to drive up to Glasgow to watch the Highgate and the final night of La Rondine as it was my first opera they were delighted for me. They said it was a wonderful day with much superb singing from around 28 singers from years 1 and 2 at the conservatoire. We each had 10 minutes and three songs to perform to a judge called Jamie MacDougall, a freelance tenor and radio presenter for Classics Unwrapped for BBC Radio Scotland, so it was a mammoth task for him.
I was pleased with my performance and would like to thank my pianist George Todica who interpreted the pieces beautifully and even got a “well done pianist” on my adjudication sheet which was rewarding for all the hard work he put in with me.
I was happy with my feedback sheet with comments like: song 1 “you held us beautifully throughout, very accomplished, excellent job”, song 2 “superb use of language, real drama” and song 3 “poised and perfect delivery” the summation was “assured throughout, very polished and a real delight to listen to” which was super and I was thrilled to be one of two singers highly commended on the day, along with three singers commended from a very accomplished field. The winner was my friend and fellow soprano Olga Ivakina from Russia, who you may remember took the lovely photographs of me in the sari at the end of March, we both have the same teacher so Kath must have been thrilled.
After my parents left this afternoon I had friends around to bake some fairy cakes.
Then we went out to watch Godzilla.
I really enjoyed the movie it was full of suspense and I gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 🙂 but Rob and Tim gave it a 4.
I’ve asked my parents to do a review of La Rondine for a post tomorrow, so I’m holding my breath now because they’re like professional critics and rarely hold back 🙂 but if it’s not nice I won’t post it LOL