After 3 months, it was nice to be back in Berlin to have a lesson with Lavinia! During our 2 lessons together, we worked on my upcoming Schauspieldirektor, Micaela’s Aria and Donna Elvira’s Mi tradì. Over the last few months, I’ve made progress in consistently opening the space and practicing correct breathing, but I still need to get the resonance to stay high in the forehead. I’m very happy to get to this point.
On my way to my audition in Chile, I first stopped in Berlin to get a lesson with my voice teacher. I was shocked that, while we have started to have spring weather in Vienna, it was freezing in Berlin. I had to survive with the light “just in case” jacket I brought. Then I went to sunny Chile and left just before an incoming storm arrived. When I landed in Berlin, the sunny weather of Chile followed me to Berlin. I had to checkout from my hotel at 11am and my flight wasn’t until 9:30pm so I was able to spend the whole day walking around and taking in the sun…I walked 17km!!
Just found out that I was invited to audition later this week somewhere I’ve never been before. Clue, it’s an island…more to come!
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.
As singers, we are often faced with many challenges in order to do our best. I made it as a finalist in Weikersheim, but the journey to get there was intense! First I flew from Los Angeles to Vienna which was a 20hr+ journey, then after a day in Vienna, I took a 7hr train trip from Vienna to Weikersheim. I spent 2 days there prior to my audition to have time to relax and adjust. The night before I only got 3hrs sleep and woke up bright and early at 4am the morning of my audition😳. While my voice felt in food shape, my body felt weak and my head was in a daze. Even though I put a lot of energy into giving my best performance, unfortunately it was not my best.