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Big Damn Voice test drive

Recital went well yesterday, although I still kinda wish I could have substituted Thursday's rehearsal with the accompanist. :-} Which of course I also forgot to record, but ah, well.

Pitch control (the bane of my existence for the last few months) is back at about 90%, but of course my ear is still much better, so there are a couple slight wince points for me, especially in "The Finer Things." I keep wanting my Minnie-Mouse-coloratura agility back, dammit! It's like trying to turn a frakkin cruise ship instead of a speedboat. O_o But all in all I'll take the tradeoff to sound like a grownup (and keep working on OMGPITCH, which I never had to really think about before the fach shift, arg!), and for the first solo outing in front of an audience since I started studying with Solange last year, I'm generally pleased.

The Finer Things (1.3 MB mp3)

My True Love (1.1 MB mp3)

The first is sung by Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre, and the second by Christine in Phantom (the Maury Yeston version), in case you're curious.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 10th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
You are sounding GREAT these days, my dear! So very impressed.

Jun. 10th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thankyouthankyou! :: curtsies ::
Jun. 10th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)

I am fascinated with what I now have to work on that I didn't when I was younger, and vice versa. It'd be fun if it wasn't so much work. ;)
Jun. 10th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie.

I mostly think it's fun anyway, even though it's most definitely work. But I'm weird that way. :-) Way more fun when it actually pays off, though!
Jun. 10th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
You sang coloratura soprano?!? I'm impressed. :-)
Jun. 10th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
*g* Well, as tytaniaherself has noted, lyric coloratura is pretty much the most crowded fach these days, at least in the U.S. I'm just as happy to have matured into the slightly-less-crowded full lyric realm, even if it is what about 60% of women are naturally. :-) Especially since it gives me access to big meaty Italian roles I never expected -- ten years ago, Musetta's Waltz was borderline too heavy for me!

I can still go to D# before I have to flip over into whistle register at E, which leaves a fair amount of dramatic coloratura rep on the menu once I get my precision back. It's just a LOT harder than it used to be. And my Olympia and Lakmé days are definitely behind me.

There are plenty of LCs who do sound like grownups, of course, but I was never one of them. Very much a Minnie.
Jun. 13th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
Wowie. It's so cool to get to hear you sing! I know nothing about it, but you sound like you have a lot of control, and ooh, pretty! :)
Jun. 13th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Thankyouthankyou! I'm a perfectionist, and really have to be, but it's always nice to hear I'm nice to hear! :-D
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