September has been a month of preparation and travel. I have enjoyed having the time to take a look towards options for grad school in the next year, and choosing what summer programs I would like to attend in the 2016 summer season. I’ve spent much time preparing for my performances lined up for October, as well as deciding on repertoire to work on, comparing options for graduate programs, and organizing the logistics of this year’s audition season.
Atlanta Opera’s production of La Bohème is coming into tech week, with opening night being next Saturday evening at 8. The performances will be October 3, 6, 9, and 11, and will all be at the Cobb Energy Center. Its sure to be a great performance, don’t miss it! Tickets can be purchased here.
I will also be performing the newly completed song cycle Quatre Chansons de Charles Baudelaire by local Atlanta composer David Brighton. This set was written for me and the first 3 pieces were premiered in my senior recital. A sound cloud version of the performance is posted below, and David has only improved the set in his finishing of the composition. The performance will be October 4th on the Georgia Perimeter campus at 3pm. A link the the event page can be found here.
I was fortunate enough to be granted an audition to Opera Theater St. Louis in Cincinnati in mid September. I sang Largo al Factotum, and the judges called Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen, which is from the production Ariadne auf Naxos, which will be performed in the program this summer. I advanced to final round and sang Mab, la reine des mensonges followed by When the Air Sings of Summer. I feel extremely confident in my performance, and am excited to find out in the coming weeks if I will be offered a position with them for the coming summer season. Click here for more information on Opera Theater of St. Louis.
The following week I flew to Nashville to rehearse for the 2015 Compass Be a Star convention in Orlando. I won this competition last year, and have been invited back for another performance this year. I was also invited to join the company band, the CeeGees, as we perform covers from all over the musical realm to match this year’s theme: Country Rock. I will be traveling to Orlando for this convention and performance at the Hard Rock Live at the end of October. For more information about the Compass group, click here.