Today, I am simply brimming with excitement to share with you a piece of my heart that I’ve recently poured into a song. It’s a venture into the rich, luscious world of Richard Strauss, and oh, what a journey it has been. I’ve had the joy and challenge of delving into the character of Sophie from “Der Rosenkavalier,” and it’s been an enlightening exploration of both my voice and my spirit.
“Der Rosenkavalier,” with its sweeping melodies and complex emotions, has always been a dream of mine to perform. There’s something about Strauss’s composition that feels like you’re spinning into a world painted with the most tender and passionate colours. And within this operatic masterpiece, there’s a character that resonates deeply with me – Sophie. She’s young, she’s spirited, and she’s caught in the throes of love’s first blush. Portraying her has been a process of rediscovering my own youthful exuberance, and it’s been as refreshing as it has been profound.
To encapsulate Sophie’s essence, I had to find a balance between innocence and the dawning of a profound love. There’s a purity in her voice that intertwines beautifully with the more grounded, passionate tones of Octavian. Strauss was a genius in creating this vocal dance, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to bring it to life.
Now, for the part that makes my heart flutter – I have recorded a performance of the aria Ich Bin Euer Liebden and I am so delighted to share it with you. I often say that sharing music is like sharing a part of your soul, and this piece is no different. It’s a little window into the growth I’ve experienced not just as a singer but as an artist and storyteller.
As always, I must give a wholehearted thank you to my marvelous pianist, my husband George Todica, who has been an anchor through the ebbs and flows of learning this piece, and to you, my dear friends, for your endless support and encouragement.
Every time I take on a new piece, there’s a reflection that follows – a quiet moment where I sit with the music and feel its reverberations in my soul. “Der Rosenkavalier” has taught me much about the layers of emotion one can convey through song, and it’s given me a renewed sense of dedication to my craft.
I cannot wait to read your thoughts on the performance, and as always, I’m sending out love and a song in my heart to each and every one of you.