I started my stay in Berlin with a first voice lesson with the Romanian dramatic soprano, Lavinia Chereches. First voice lessons can often feel a bit awkward trying to change vocal habits while hearing the teacher’s methodology for the first time, but this lesson felt completely natural and a lot was accomplished. She was so welcoming and sweet then went through a very simple, thought out theory. It completely changed the way I sing and I look forward to continuing in this direction and start studying heavier repertoire.
I ended the day at Bellini’s La Sonnambula at Deutsche Oper Berlin, invited by the amazing bel canto tenor, Jesus Leon. Jesus’s voice was gorgeous and seamless throughout the entire range! The production was the funniest Sonnambula I’ve ever seen with the very specific personalities of the roles.