Rehearsals Begin – Brontë

With my trip to Salzburg behind me it is time to start the preparations and rehearsals for my upcoming performance of Cathy in the world premiere of ‘Brontë’. The opera composed by Lisa Logan and adapted from a play written by Polly Teale.

I do love the rehearsal process, the moment when you bring the music and character to life is quite exhilarating. Being part of the creation is rewarding in itself but knowing that at the end of all the hard work we get to share our interpretation of the opera with the audience always makes me tingle.

For this project I will be working with Katharina Kastening, the Director, Alex Ingram, the Conductor, Lisa Logan, the Composer and my fellow cast members: Elena Garrido Madrona, Ben Thapa, Grace Nyandoro, Anna Marmion, Magdalena Mannion, Biraj Barkakaty, and Martin Lamb.

51 thoughts on “Rehearsals Begin – Brontë

    1. Yes it is a dark opera, these ladies had quite a dark life, two of the Brontë sisters died by the time they were 30 and Charlotte died at age 39 it seems incomprehensible now. Branwell, Emily and Anne never married, and, although Charlotte is believed to have been pregnant at the time of her death, her baby died with her. Their father Patrick and Anglican Vicar outlived all six of his children and lived to age 84. I’ve enjoyed learning more about them as I hadn’t studied them before.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Marina, I’m rehearsing tomorrow and Monday, it will be interesting to see how much progress there has been this week for me to fit into.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Yay, I’m pleased you are experiencing my new project. I do enjoy contemporary new work, although it is more challenging as you can’t study what other people have done with your character.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  1. Wonderful art throughout this post ~ and you will shine in Brontë, what an incredible opportunity and experience. Best to you, Charlotte. 🙂

  2. I love the moody photos, an indication of what is to come, Charlotte. I can feel your passion for your work which is so wonderful! ❤️😊

    1. I thought you would enjoy seeing Brontë countryside John, they lived in the North of England in West Yorkshire it can get a bit chilly up there. All three Brontë female writers died before the age of 40 very tragic.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Holly, have you read the Brontë novels or poetry? I’m in the process of reading Wuthering Heights and their life story has fascinated me.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Beautiful Provence, I remember seeing the lavender fields when I visited Marseille as a child. All the best to you too.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Derrick, I’m back in rehearsal tomorrow and Monday super excited to see how it goes.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. I literally leap out of the book 📖 and Emily’s mind. My Mum said be carefully jumping back down off that table when she saw the photos 😜.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  3. Bravo, Charlotte! Your voice always lends itself to great preparation and performances so this should be a delight for you.
    You look fabulous – I believe Austria agrees with you.
    Finally, the quote from Wuthering Heights reminds us of just how brilliant Emily Bronte’s writing was.
    Onward.

    1. Hi Sheila, thank you. I have enjoyed researching about the Brontë sisters and Wuthering Heights, Emily died from tuberculosis at the age of just 30 but how fabulous that her work has stood the test of time, 1848 she died.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  4. I am SO excited for this! Enjoy the rehearsals, Charlotte!

    Wuthering Heights is my favourite Bronte novel – I don’t know why. I actually think Jane Eyre is a more interesting story with better characters – but there is something in the writing of Wuthering Heights which is just gripping beyond words. I mean that quite literally: something in the tone of the work tugs at the heart and its deepest emotions that cannot be expressed otherwise. It’s so raw and real. I read it over and over when I was in university; I was frankly obsessed.

    I can’t wait to see how you portray Cathy, Charlotte!

    Best regards,

    Cate

    1. I remember you being a big Brontë fan. It was very sad that Emily Brontë and her sisters had to write with a male pen name for a while to get published and then to die at 30! I’ve been reading the book as part of my research into the role, did you ever write a blog post about Wuthering Heights Cate? I’ve been reading a number of blog posts about Emily and Wuthering Heights.
      I’m enjoying building her character.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Yes the music is very challenging, written at the top of my register so I’ve been building up my stamina. The work is very dark and interesting too.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  5. Compliments. Elena Garrido made me think of Elena Garro, who was married to Octavio Paz a great Mexican poet and writer. So was Garro. But Garrido is Spanish. You’ve worked with her before haven’t you?

    1. I’ve not worked with Elena before but I know her through George’s best friend Daniel she studied up in Scotland but after I left for the Royal College of Music in London. We have had something of a Spanish music infusion this past eighteen months it made me wish I’d more Spanish music in my repertoire.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Not sure whether there is so much Spanish “classical” music. “Carmen” is in French of course. Have you ever sung Carmen?

      2. Yes, I was Frasquita singing in French in Germany! I also sing the Michaela role but Carmen is usually cast as a mezzo. I believe the Spanish lyric genre is called zarzuela.
        Best wishes
        Charlotte

      3. Lovely. Carmen is a masterpiece.
        Zarzuela? Yes, it does ring a bell. I’ll check it up, my first impressions of the name is more popular than “classic”. (I’ll get back to you on that. I do realize that my memory is beginning to play tricks on me…)

      4. Well, well. I had the wrong idea. Zarzuela is indeed “classical”, going back to the XViith century. First authors as Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca are indeed major figures of Spanish literature and theatre… Thanks for letting me know.

      5. Calderón de la Barca actually wrote a magnificent piece on Life. As deep as Shakespeare’s Macbeth’ tirade…
        “¿Qué es la vida?
        Un frenesí.
        ¿Qué es la vida?
        Una ilusión, una sombra, una ficción,
        y el mayor bien es pequeño;
        que toda la vida es sueño,
        y los sueños, sueños son.”
        Let’s see if I can translate it right:
        ‘What is Life?
        A frenzy.
        What is Life?
        An illusion, a shadow, a fiction;
        And the greatest good is (but) small,
        For all Life is a dream,
        And dreams are (just) dreams…”
        Cheers
        B.

      6. It’s true but I wish all life was dreams, my dreams are magnificent 😊

      7. True. Now there are several ways to read Calderón and the Macbeth tirade. One is pessimistic. The other is just:
        “Dream your life…” 😉

      8. (Ps. And that’s just what you’re doing. Dreaming your own life. Compliments for that. Not many people do.)
        Bonne nuit mon amie. Time for dinner over there isn’t it?

      9. I eat by about 6pm, I’m an early bird 🐦 but I have some preparation for a meeting tomorrow that I’d better complete 😊

  6. How exciting, Charlotte!

    This is a fabulous role for you. September 23 is not that far off. You’ve got a lot of work ahead. I can hardly wait to see the costumes.

    Not sure if you saw it in comments, but the gown is finished.
    I’ve been taking pics. It’s been a bit slow as the days have been grey, and I do need some shots on a sunny day.
    Meantime, I have been using what lights I have at night.
    Sun is forecast for Sunday. So, I think my last days to take pics will be Monday and Tuesday. I am sorting the ones I already have.
    I’ll begin working on the post on Tuesday. I’d like to use one of your Youtube performances at the end of the post. I’m thinking “Piangero La Sorte Mia”. However, anything you pick is perfect.
    Let me know!
    Well, I’m excited…finally!
    Resa ❦❦

    1. I’m very, very excited to see the gown and your post, I love Piangero La Sorte Mia, I’ll have a look to see if I have a more current recording as the You Tube one is quite old now 😊. You’ve reminded me I must put some more videos on You Tube, I’ve neglected it this year, if I find any alternatives I will send them to you for your selection but I’m always interested in what you prefer.
      I’m in rehearsals for Brontë Sunday and Monday.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Sounds great, Charlotte!
        If you have something newer, do send it my way. Or, update on Youtube, and let me know.
        So, we have sun tomorrow. I’ll take the last of the pics then.
        I have a few to take on Monday, but… well, you’ll see in the post.
        LOL, I think it’s going to be one of my longest posts.
        Then again, it was the gown that took me the longest time to make.
        Cheers!!!!
        xo

      2. I found the recording I did a couple of years ago last night I’ve asked my Dad for get it cut ready for You Tube and I’ll send it to you and a link. I was hoping to find a recording of Glitter and be Gay too, I’ll try to find another recording as I think that would be good.
        I hope you have a lovely sunny day today, I was catching rainbows 🌈 yesterday afternoon, there were two in the sky at one point.
        You could try making a reel on your phone with your phone video and walk slowly around the dress in a circle, its a new trick I’ve been learning 😂.
        I can’t wait to see your creation and post, totally 💯 ++ exciting. Xoxox

      3. That sounds great, Charlotte.
        I’ll wait for these songs!
        It is sunny here, finally! As the dress is primarily made for performances, I wanted to get some dramatic night with lights shots. I have enough of those… I think. Anyway some day shots show things that drama shots don’t show. So, I’ll see what I can get over the next couple of sunny days.
        I tried a couple of video shots, as per your suggestion. I’m getting a new phone soon, but am trying with this one. Norm gave me a few tips to steady my hand.
        Also, the room isn’t big enough to go around the gown in a full shot so. I’m working on something…semi!
        I’ll see what I can manage.
        So, yes, exciting – 💯++
        xoxoxo

      4. My rehearsal was cancelled today and I’ve a full day instead tomorrow, so I’ve had time to send you a couple of video links by e-mail. Yes keeping a steady hand is the most difficult thing videoing.

      5. Going to check the links! Whew! I sure need to practice the steady hand. So far it looks like a drunk taking the shots! LOL!!!

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