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*whew*

Due to uneven attrition, we no longer have Way Too Bloody Many Sopranos in the Elisir chorus. Which means, after a quick conference with Solange this afternoon, that I can stop banging my under-rehearsed brain against the mezzo line. The relief is palpable. There's that little part of me that's still all stubborn and wanting to prove that I can learn it (in defiance of a soprano stereotype I don't think I've actually heard anyone subscribe to since college), but oh, merciful heavens, my life in this opera just got So Much Easier. And really, when this is the story you're telling? Maestro can say "Opera is not about comfort" all he wants (and yes, today he did -- it was sort of a joke...), but I am nonetheless going to happily sing my comfortable normal part now!

In other Ridiculous Relief news, I am currently sitting at my computer in jeans instead of at Office of Doom's holiday party because I made the executive decision that I didn't want to drive to the darn thing in the snow AGAIN. Every. Single. Gorram. Year. I kid you not. We should warn the appropriate authorities as soon as the date is set.

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maisfeeka
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
When I graduated from high school almost all the good altos in our school chorus were graduating so our director had us do "The Altos' Lament" in our final concert. It's a great and really funny song with the altos doing the melody singing about 'why do altos always seem to get stuck with all the crummy parts' etc. and the sopranos singing harmony around it.

And we actually had several of the sopranos complain that it was too hard and couldn't we just switch parts for that song and have the altos do the harmony. ;)
wiliqueen
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
*groooaaaannn* Giving us a bad name, I tell you! :: shakes fist ::
maisfeeka
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
There were a number of the sopranos who looked ready to die of embarrassment when the others started complaining. ;)
wiliqueen
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
I'll bet. Dude, I'll take blonde jokes over soprano jokes any day. Not that I ever had the option not to have both. All the henna in the world doesn't stop some people...
maisfeeka
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
I have the alto, brunette, short, heavy thing going so I always lost in all the 'cool' categories. ;)
amilyn
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
I sing soprano (in VERY casual settings, mind) because, although my range is more suited to alto, I have NO ability to sing harmony. Like, at ALL.
maisfeeka
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
My mom says she'll only sing in choirs if I'm with her and sing in her ear. She has a lovely voice, but she'll sing with whatever part she hears. I would sometimes amuse myself in the car by singing along to a song and switching parts and seeing how quickly she'd switch to whatever I was singing - usually only a few notes. And I don't think she ever had any idea she was switching from melody to harmony and back. ;)
hildy
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
I wish "The Alto's Lament" had been around when I was in high school. Of course, my high school choir was small enough that not only were the altos given the sucky parts, we were also asked to help out the guys. Hence the reason I know all four parts of the "Hallelujah Chorus" by the end of my senior year.
maisfeeka
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
*nods* Me too. Though we had one really powerful bass, so they mostly split the altos up to help out the tenors and sopranos.
amilyn
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
YAY for staying home and HUGE YAY for getting to sing the part you know!

*hugs*
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