Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

A Quick Selfie Taken Just Before I Performed the Puccini Aria “Qunado M’En Vo” In A Concert On Wednesday Night.

Time flies so quickly here! It’s hard to keep track of what is accomplished per day let alone summarise a week! Hopefully I can reflect and provide a snippet of the activities that have occurred this week.

Hansel And Gretel
Hänsel and Grete

It has been such a pleasure working with David Gately on the character portrayal and staging of Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hänsel and Gretel“. A very lively and energetic movement that includes dancing on tree stumps, sewing socks, teasing brothers, hiding from an angry mother, weaving a crown of flowers and much much more. I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy on a stage! I love it and I have learnt so much from this process. I have found that the most important thing that I’ve learnt is to always have your feet facing your focus, I sometimes sing at such peculiar angles and it’s as if my feet always want to face centre stage (whoopsie!) maybe it’s a dancers thing or perhaps I have rather Divaish feet! Haha 🙂   this has actually improved my control and my breath support and also allows me to be free to move at any moment I wish.

Die Zauberflöte – The Magic Flute

During this week I have also worked alongside a great cast under the direction of Ophelia Wolf and together we have staged the entirety of “Die Zauberflöte” by Mozart, which culminated with a smooth run last Friday. It is very exciting and I like the twists that she has made to the plot and how our personal lives from this modern era can affect a great libretto and form a new interpretation. I am a second Knabe in this piece and it is lots of fun, I get to be childish and have quite dramatic emotions from frantic and worried to cheeky and playful. However I am seeing that perhaps my cheerful manner is encouraging me to get cast as young child. But to be honest I don’t mind a bit as I’m having loads of fun!

Suor Angelica

The third opera that I am taking part in is “Suor Angelica” which has been fully staged by the fabulous Patrizia di Paola, whose exciting energy is both intoxicating and contagious! It makes for a brilliant opera which swings between tragic and comedic moments similar to the musical “Annie”. As part of my role as the Novice I get to play a pregnant nun. I’m quite enjoying my role and the fact I have to wear a big yellow belly which I can rub, I feel like I’m playing house! Haha.  But Mum and Dad don’t be worried I’m not broody! 🙂


We begin performances next week, so hopefully I will try to grab some pictures and possibly get a friend to tape some performances. All the best for the week ahead! Xxx


33 thoughts on “Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

  1. It hadn’t occurred to me you were in any danger of being typecast. You may have to stop smiling from time to time or you’ll never make it as a villain.

  2. Well as long as they don’t cast you as Sarastro you should be fine! What a wonderful opportunity and you are taking the fullest advantage of it.

  3. Great ! Very nice, congratulations ! Very happy and proud for you Charlotte – All the best for you, have a fantastic week (and don’t forget take care of you too 🙂 )

  4. You are having such great opportunities to develop your gifts – congratulations! Enjoy these times…they do travel in a blur when you are young and having fun!!

  5. What a week! Those are some amazing costumes and stage scenes. Sounds like such an amazing experience, glad to hear you are making the most of it all.

  6. Lots of fun you had. I am not sure I follow what you meant by “to always have your feet facing your focus”. Did you mean that your feet should be in the same direction of your eyes?

  7. What a feast of experience and great parts to sing. I’m interested about the feet pointing and the movement on stage. Nothing spoils an opera for me more than the characters failing to sing ‘to’ each other. If they insist on telling the repetiteur or the conductor then that love him/her, or want to kill him/her, it sends me crackers. I can only imagine how hard it is to sing and move at the same time, but if you can achieve that the audience will follow wherever you take them.

  8. What a fun post! I would have like to see all the performances!
    A pregnant nun, huh? We used to play a game where you got a certain number of points for theoretically hitting people with your car. I suppose it sounds rather awful, in retrospect, but a pregnant nun was the highest number you could get. Needless to say, I never saw one!

  9. So… “Die Zauberflöte” by Mozart!…. Stunning… I was blown away by the descriptions here… Great gallery of photographs… And you look beautiful, as ever!.
    All my best wishes and happy week ahead, dear Charlotte. Aquileana :star:

  10. and here I was literally just thinking of you and ….what a fine time for a blog update 🙂 I think I could spell check my last blog but it wasn’t earth-shatteringly important that lightbulbs went and became a different kind of tech 20 years after I saw a bad pun but a bright idea… 😀 glad you’re being creative.

  11. Thank the Lord Charlotte for your family guiding you the right way, which had given you much success, and I pray the Lord will continue to bless you. Very beautiful picture also.

  12. This is so wonderful, Charlotte! Love the selfie — red is a power colour and that shades is perfect on ou. Great point about positioning of your feet. You are getting wonderful experience and great exposure. Brava! 😀

  13. Getting around to visiting my followers and holy cow you’re an opera singer. 🙂 I’m working on my appreciation of this art, which has been lacking on my part.

    ~ BJF

  14. Hansel and Gretel, perhaps my favorite childhood story ~ and I like the title of your post as I find it hard to believe it is already the end of July…but I guess that is just a testament to having fun. You’ve had a glorious year and wish you the best for the rest 🙂

  15. As usual I feel rather breathless when reading your post. You seem to cram into a week what many would look back at with satisfaction for a year’s activities!

  16. You certainly are a busy lady! Have fun playing all the diverse roles. A pregnant nun must be a first! Lol! You are learning and growing in all the roles. Best wishes & hugs!

  17. Congrats to you for landing these roles. I’m sure there’s a lot of work involved and the experience must be most rewarding. Glad to know you’re enjoying it all and having fun.

  18. Goodness, you have been busy! Great fun to read about and see in your nifty photos. What wonderful projects!

  19. Superb repertoire dear Charlotte!
    All three are interesting operas for different reasons and your presence will make them brilliant ! I’d love to see some pictures and listen to some recorded parts!Stay well and keep having fun,my sweetest one 🙂 xxx

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