Donna Elvira ~ Don Giovanni

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Special moments with Giovanni!

My role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the State Opera of Liberec (Divadlo F. X. Šaldy Liberec) in Czechia, where I made my role debut as Donna Elvira which was nominated for a Liberecká Thálie Award.

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2. Opera
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Post-Mimi rehearsal

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I just finished my 1st sing through as Mimì, after being invited with only a day’s notice to fill in for a rehearsal. I listened back to the recording I made of the rehearsal and am overall very happy and think the role is a perfect fit! But now I can make goals for the technical areas I’d like to improve and the sections that I thought I knew, but really didn’t.

Pre-Mimi rehearsal

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I spent my quarantine diligently memorizing my dream roles: Nedda (Pagliacci), Mimì (La bohème), Desdemona (Otelo) and Marguerite (Faust). I would do this hours a day and sometimes I would ask myself, “why am I doing this? It’s not like I’ve been hired to sing this!”

After the Austrian lockdown, I was asked to cover the role of Nedda for SommerSalon Wartholz in Austria, just outside of Vienna. Then yesterday I was asked to fill in for today’s rehearsal as Mimì. I only had to review the score a little before rehearsals, since I had already put in the hours of work during the lockdown.

While I don’t really believe in vision boards, I do believe in actively helping destiny. Whenever I have an audition for a role, I’ll sing through the opera and envision myself singing it at that particular theater…admittedly, rarely do these visions come to fruition for me, but it’s still fun to dream!

So far 2 out of the 4 roles I’ve been working on in quarantine have appeared immediately following the lockdown, hopefully my career follows in this direction for 2020!

Potluck salad

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I cook for myself everyday for every meal, but I’m not too confident with my cooking abilities when I have company. The one thing that I think I’ve mastered, are my salads!

This summer, with traveling limited due to coronavirus, I’ve been invited to at least 1 potluck BBQ per week. Since people tend to enjoy my salads, I thought I’d bring that. However, the problem with salads at a potlucks is they tend to start wilting after even a few minutes, so they are best if eaten right away. Then I remember a salad that my mom used to bring to potlucks, a classic 3 Bean Salad. This is a perfect summer potluck dish since it’s quite economical, you can always keep the ingredients stocked in your pantry, it can prepared the night before and, not only does it not wilt, but it actually gets better with time.

Dressing
-1/4 cup white sugar
-2/3 cup distilled white vinegar
-1/3 cup olive oil
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix all together

Mix:
-Dressing
-1 can (15 ounce)kidney beans, drained and rinsed
-1 can (15 ounce) chick peas / garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
-1 can (15 ounce) green beans, drained and rinsed (or frozen beans, de-thawed)
-1 red onion, sliced into thin half rings

-Cover and let marinate in the fridge for at least 12hrs
-Serve with a slotted spoon

Newsletter: July 2020

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Click here to read Lisa’s July 2020 Newsletter: Featuring photos, videos and reviews of my recent portrayal as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Liberec State Opera (Divadlo F. X. Liberec) in the the Czech Republic where I was also nomination for a Liberecká Thálie Award. Please vote for me in just 4 clicks:
1. http://bit.ly/LibereckaThalie-hlasuj
2. Opera
3. Algozzini Lisa
4. HLASUJ
(Black box with white letters…it means “Vote” in Czech)

**You will see a green box when your vote has been submitted.

**Voting ends on August 19th, so invite all your friends to vote!

Thank you for your support!! 💕💕

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Backyard BBQ

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My two friends were supposed to have their wedding during the corona lockdown. While the wedding would have probably been safe to do in Austria, the groom is American and had many guests that would have had to fly in…which is still not possible. So we decided to throw them a pre-wedding party. My friend has a beautiful garden in the 13th district of Vienna, Hietzing. It was the most beautiful backyard BBQ that I have ever attended!