Well after five weeks of coaching, vocal technique, stage direction and language classes my Summer Opera School here in Italy drew to a close yesterday.
It was a fantastic day for me personally as my family flew out to watch my last two performances which made the day feel just that little bit more special.
Everything seemed to come together for me as I had been asked if I would like to perform the role of Gretel in the first two acts of the Englelbert Humperdink opera “Hansel and Gretel” in the final performance. I could not believe my luck as this meant that not only did I get to play a lead role but on the same day that my family would be here to watch 😊. I had a fantastic time playing the role and the audience who were very supportive seemed to enjoy the production too. My parents and brothers then took me out for tea and they all said how glad they were to make it in time to watch as they thought it was fabulous.
I had to leave them in the restaurant and dash off back to the theatre for a rehearsal call at 20:15 for the last opera performance of the course. It was Puccini’s “Sour Angelica” and I again played the role of a pregnant novice. It was a different more somber atmosphere for this production and quite a change from my afternoon role of Gretel.
When the curtain closed for the last time I could not believe how the time had passed so quickly and how much work we had all got through in the time we had. It has been a wonderful experience and I will take away so much from my time here. The help and guidance from the fabulous staff, the support and friendship of the students and for reinforcing in me my love of opera and my desire to pursue a career in this beautiful art.
As I am writing this I am about to go down for my evening meal with my family, tomorrow we make the trip south driving down through Italy on a family holiday. Time to relax and recharge my batteries before I return to Scotland to start my final year of under graduate training.
Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments and for sharing this amazing experience with me, I will catch up with you all as time and the Internet permit😊