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Partying in Divaburbia!

(I'm reminded of a comment our Lucy in J&H made, about how when choir kids have parties, they get drunk and sing Rachmaninoff.)

Post-benefit cast party last night, in lieu of the usual Thursday night rehearsal. Much yummy food (note to self: get recipe for tomato bacon cups, a/k/a "Fledermaus tarts" because they were used as prop food for that production...and Solange's OMGQUICHE, for which she apparently makes the crust using canned croissant dough!), even more fun music. I busted out "The Girl in 14G" (telling the pianist it was okay that she's never heard it, since I'd never done it with the accompaniment before!) and had a ball.

Solange declared "Next benefit!" and that she didn't know I "had all that." I'm thinking, um, you mean my coloratura and belt? Neither of which I've done for months, on your instructions? And at the tail end of the Cold From Hell, yet? Honey, you ain't heard nothin' yet. *eg* I'm getting the sense this is the signal that she thinks I'm secure enough in the new full-lyric space to step back out of it sometimes. Which has always been the plan, and she keeps apologizing for the frustration of that narrow focus. And I'm like, "Dancer, remember?" I know how to do what I'm told. And then how to break the rules after I've gotten a secure handle on them. :-)

Pretty much everybody got to pull out a surprise or two, including our 16-year-old mezzo (or possibly dramatic soprano), who comes fully equipped with the standard 16-year-old angst about being a mezzo (or possibly dramatic soprano), poor kid. And who is desperately in love with PotO, and got Token Guy (there used to be more guys in the ensemble, but all but one have gone *poof* :-/ ) to do the title song with her, and rocked it right up to the E. It was short, but it was there and on pitch, and nobody was more shocked than she was.

Solange was on top of the world, and declared that we have a full program for our next gig just from hanging out for a few hours and singing whatever we wanted. Which, from the way people talk, happens relatively frequently with this group, and seems to be pretty darn useful!

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amilyn
Oct. 6th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
YAY for Solange realizing that you "have all that" and *hopes* for you to have LOTS MORE opportunity to show it all off.

*hugs*
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
She knew in theory, she just hadn't heard it. 14G was written specifically to show off Kristin Chenoweth's ability to switch off among different styles, so it was probably the best possible demonstration that I can get back to my new "home base" placement without difficulty. :-D
amilyn
Oct. 6th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Yay!!!

Does the new now feel fairly normal?
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yup -- it's at the point where I keep thinking it must be wrong because it does. *g*
havocthecat
Oct. 6th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
And when you get the recipe for tomato bacon cups, can you share? Because those sound YUMMY.

And I'm going to be over here feeling all kinds of jealous now, because it sounds like you guys had SUCH fun. :) Let me know if you ever need a few belly dance types to sit around in the background; I'm fairly sure that most of the level threes would be interested, and all but one of us are locals.
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
You could ask her yourself, too. ;-) I mentioned that as one of the things that keep you busy (besides work and kidlet), which would mean you might not call about that intro lesson offer right away. (Once you do, you could find yourself resisting the gravitational pull of the Training Ensemble. OperaBorg!)

I don't know that there's anything to do with it immediately, but there was definite mental filing away of "belly dancer contact." Certainly there are a couple of operas where such contacts would be very useful to have (Salome and Thaïs, at least), and you never know what's going to end up in a mixed-bag night.

Who knows, sometime an event could conceivably be built around a collaboration. It wouldn't be immediately -- the board has too much on their plates right now to add another major undertaking like that -- but IMHO it's a cool concept to keep in mind.
havocthecat
Oct. 6th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, and did I mention that Christina's going to be running Thursday night lessons at ECC in 2007? She's starting with level one, which would give me a nice workout and let me fine-tune the whole series of basic moves. (I get the feeling there is much Borgishness in the whole Opera Ensemble. Which...would be fun.) There's also the matter of my stupid, idiotic sinus infection, which is currently recurring, and I'm heading off to the doctor for again tomorrow.

*giggling* Also, the blooms (er, Lotus Bloom is the troupe) are pretty much into non-traditional stuff, as well as traditional stuff. The Halloween hafla I can't make it to? We're doing a choreographed piece to Rob Zombie music. (Oh, I so very much wish I could be there.) And collaborating would be FUN. Christina also loves it when we take initiative and suggest things and such.
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, and did I mention that Christina's going to be running Thursday night lessons at ECC in 2007?

Yeah -- the week we started having rehearsals on Thursday nights. *rueful chuckle* I'm just doomed in that department.

(I get the feeling there is much Borgishness in the whole Opera Ensemble. Which...would be fun.)

The Training Ensemble is the name for the whole ensemble. So, yeah. *eg*

There's also the matter of my stupid, idiotic sinus infection, which is currently recurring, and I'm heading off to the doctor for again tomorrow.

Have you gotten a steamer yet? Fifteen minutes once a day, twice if I have time and/or extra congestion. Changed my LIFE. I am so not exaggerating.

The Halloween hafla I can't make it to? We're doing a choreographed piece to Rob Zombie music. (Oh, I so very much wish I could be there.)

Oh, man, I wish you could too. That sounds too awesome for words. (I expect I'll be in Vegas.)
sventhelost
Oct. 6th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, the angst of not being a soprano. It was bad enough when people started telling me at around age 12 to sing alto. I'm getting more comfortable as a tenor, though. Weird Al and I have about the same range, though his "Driving a Truck" song gets a tad too low for me.

Ah, I miss the good ole days of music geek parties. :)
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Fact somebody really needs to be telling kids in basic music education: The textbook ranges for tenor and contralto are identical. Nobody ever mistook Marian Anderson for a man! (Or Irene Adler, if you're a Sherlockian. And she was prima donna of her company. *g*)

For all that they joke about all their roles being "witches, bitches and boys," real contralti have a vastly better ratio of supply to demand. A mezzo (which is what most women singing alto in choral music are) isn't quite that lucky, but still in pretty good shape.

"Soprani are a dime a dozen" is a cliché for a reason. :-)
kevenn
Oct. 9th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Tomato bacon cups? That sounds way yummy!! :D
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