A young(ish) opera singer's random thoughts and observations.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Non-PC comments and male strippers onstage?

Day 19 - Friday

Morning: movement and a reminder of the clog dance. My favourite element of Tania's warm-ups is the first thing we do each session - stretch out our spines and massage our muscles with an assortment of balls, as you can see below:


Then it's a quick breakfast, before a Cosi covers session, this time it's all 3 men, going through the trios and recits. This session is a showcase of constructive criticism: after one recit we hear 'We should do that again, because for now (and I mean this in the nicest possible way) it sounds like Guglielmo, Don Alfonso and their special slow friend...' Of course I exaggerate, the session was brilliant. We are informed however, that the understudies will not be performing excerpts (this was an idea that had been bounced around by the staff) due to lack of time. Oh well, shame, but it takes a bit of mental pressure off and I can start focussing more on Orpheus in the Underworld.

The boys return from war (or a Chippendales show)

Afternoon and evening: Cosi in the theatre, working through Act 2. The chorus is so on the ball that we are released early, which is great! All that's left today is a run through of tomorrow's concert with Kinza, which is shaping up to be a very funny affair, so hopefully the late start (10pm) won't scare away the audience.

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