My Bags Are Packed And I Am Ready To Go !!

Whilst I was packing to get ready to start my Summer tour with Scottish Opera next week, I received a lovely email regarding a competition that I entered at the beginning of Summer. The email explained that I had won first prize in the over 23 years category in the IX Odin International Singing Competition, obtaining the highest overall mark for a singer this year. 

It was fabulous to read the judge’s comments as they had seen an improvement in my singing. This was great to read following all the hard work that I have been doing with my coaches over the last six months on the technical aspects of my singing.

I have included below one of the videos submitted for the competition which I hope you enjoy as much as the judges did.

65 thoughts on “My Bags Are Packed And I Am Ready To Go !!

  1. Wonderful! I really enjoyed your singing, Charlotte! Amazing. Congratulations on your award too! Safe travels. ❤️🇬🇧

    1. Thank you John, it’s a 418 miles mile drive, about 8 hours so I stopped off at my parents half way up to Scotland stayed over, and I’ll be on my way again today.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  2. After nothing for ages it’s just win, win, win, one after another! Your head must be whirling! Are you sure you’re not secretly an England Lioness as well?

    1. My Dad says I’m like a swan Martin, not much movement as I appear to be gliding along but lots of action below the surface hehe. When I do a set of video recordings I like to enter them into good competitions to get feedback from experienced and expert judges before I use them for audition openers. I was awarded a masterclass from this competition when I came second and they always provide useful information for me. So during a period of intense technical training it is important to get various levels of judgement as well as teacher feedback.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you GP, as I said in my response to Martin above, these online competitions are excellent for feedback on audition videos that I have to rely on since covid to get auditions opening up. Lots of big competitions now are also doing first stage video entries rather than live auditions, personally I prefer live audition rounds.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Mart. I have had a couple of excellent responses to these latest videos and a couple of “no they’re not good enough” yet, I especially like it when I get a set of written judgements from people I respect. It is very subjective singing, some judges like someone’s singing more than others do.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Cindy. Six months concentrated technical classes seem to be going on the right track. Still lots to do but I was very pleased with the critique sheets from a couple of competitions I entered these into. I had a very interesting call yesterday from a second competition but I’m not counting my chickens until I hear more.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Hilary. George and I worked hard to prepare these video recordings I was initially happy with them, however, I received some critiques that made me concerned about using them, so rather than not use them at all I entered them individually into international online competitions to get some feedback from people that don’t know me personally and more detailed information of any specific improvements required.

      I am working hard at the moment making some technical changes that I have been told are necessary to advance so the feedback is very useful, I also received a masterclass from this competition and the teacher was wonderful.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you very much its nice to go back to my old stomping ground and meet some of my old friends that have kept in touch with me.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Annette, when I do a set of video recordings I like to enter them into good competitions to get feedback from experienced and expert judges before I use them for audition openers. I got a masterclass from this competition when I came seconda and they always provide useful information for me. So during a period of intense technical training it is important to get various levels of judgement as well as teacher feedback.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Herman, as I said to Martin and Annette, the feedback and extra training I get from these online competitions is quite important at the moment. Covid has been a very restrictive time for performers and it is good to stay sharp.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Timothy, it will be nice to be back in Glasgow and catch up with some of my old friends and colleagues at Scottish Opera. I’m in the show with people I’ve enjoyed working with before and that is always great fun.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you very much, nice to be back up in Scotland. I stay with a landlady that has become a good friend so that is always fun and it’s like staying with family now.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Sheila, you are right it is sometimes a thankless task to be working hard without a performance at the end of it. I’m very grateful for these online competitions during covid. I’ve just signed another contract for an opera next year and I’ve received a couple of e-mails to prepare for audition season opening this year which I couldn’t attend last year because I was away from September to November.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Merci beaucoup Pascal. When I do a set of video recordings I like to enter them into good competitions to get feedback from experienced and expert judges before I use them for audition openers. I got a masterclass from this competition when I came second, and they always provide useful information for me. So during a period of intense technical training it is important to get various levels of judgement as well as teacher feedback.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Derrick, sorry for missing your lovely message earlier. I hope you and all the family are doing well.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you, Don. I hope you enjoyed watching the video as much I as enjoyed recording it 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Hi Jovina, my lovely landlady has offered to cook me a hot meal when I arrive tonight. I am really looking forward to it as the journey has been quite tense and taken a lot longerthan expected due to traffic problems. I am just taking a break from driving and using the time to catch up with my replies 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you, Noel. It has been a strange few months with lots of technical work to focus on whilst we are waiting for Opera Companies to slowly start to open up. Fingers crossed it will be back to normal ready for next season.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. I am looking forward to getting back to work with a great team and a fabulous group of creatives. I always enjoy these tours, the people you meet and the new freinds to spend time with. I do love Paris and hope to return there soon once the auditions start up again in ernest.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Merci beaucoup. Je chanterai en français bientôt, j’ai besoin de pratiquer.
        Best wishes
        Charlotte

      2. un nouvel opéra, ’La Lupe‘ dans un style gothique pour halloween.

  3. Absolutely fabulous Charlotte, you never disappoint 👏👏👏🥰 congratulations on your win and enjoy your tour! ❤️😘

    1. Hi Gill, I am just about to get back on the road and looking forward to arriving in Glasgow tonight. A lovely hot meal has been promised and I can’t wait. See you soon xx

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Fabio 🙂 sorry for the delay in my reply. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Michael, I apologise for the delay in my reply, thank you for visiting and your lovely message.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Elisabeth, I hope you are well, my apologies for my tardy reply. I appreciate you reading and leaving me a message.
      Best wishes always,
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Arti, sorry for my late reply. Thank you for visiting and your lovely message. The tour is going well, we’re in Edinburgh at the Festival Theatre in the Empire Rooms right now for four days then Motherwell and Renfrew. I hope you are well.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  4. YAYAY!!!!!!!
    More Congratulations to you, my dear favourite Diva!
    I’m so happy things are loosening up in the world…. after Covid.
    Adore the song and the video.
    Have a fabulous tour on “Bambino”
    Resa xx

    1. I‘m with a great crew, rehearsal are going well, we‘ve got real babies in rehearsal tomorrow so looking forward to that after so long. The shows start soon. I‘m going to see a Scottish Opera performance of Candide tonight, I‘ll be wanting to jump up and sing with Cunegonde it was one of my favourite roles hehe.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. OMG! Don’t jump up and sing with Cunegonde…. I have no doubt you will upstage the poor soprano!
        Hope you had a great time!!!
        ❦❦❦❦❦

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