Monday, April 14, 2008

Mostly Opera

Yesterday a group I belong to called Mostly Opera performed a concert. It went very well dispite the fact that we never had a real tech rehearsal and our curtain stopped working. We flew by the seat of our costumes and it was a lot of fun.
I sang "Stride La Vampa" from Il Trovatore. It is a Verdi Opera and Verdi writes wonderfully for my voice type. So it is always a pleasure to sing his music.

The scenes we preformed were from Turandot, Manon, Carmen and La Traviata. They were wonderfully costumed and staged by Helene Tinsley with our Musical director Linda Houck.

In a few weeks I have a concert with a group called Ekumen Choral. We sing Eastern Orthodox Liturgy in Russian or Ukrainian Church Slavonic. It is all sung a-capella since the orthodox church doesn't allow instrumentation.

I am updating this today to say that our Leader and conductor Patrick Marcinko died last week.  He was a brilliant musician and no one could interpret the music of the Eastern Orthodox Church the way he did.  It is honestly both the most difficult and most satisfying music I ever sang.  Above this diary is one that has a link that used to connect to a recording we did many years ago.  Sadly that link leads no where anymore.