It’s local singing competition time again. I’m sure it’s only been 6 months since the last one. I’m pleased to say that I’m a little better prepared than last time, thanks to the constant prodding of my lovely teacher. Oh except for the ‘own selection’ for the Scholarship section, which we dithered over for various reasons and then I chose an aria I’ve never even heard before, let alone sung. And promptly went on holiday, as you do when you have a new aria to learn and not a lot of time left to learn it.
So here’s the rep list:
- French Art Song: Les Chemins de l’Amour (Poulenc)
- British Art Song: Song of Shadows (Richard Rodney Bennett)
- Lieder: Neue Liebe (Mendelssohn)
- Oratorio: Cujus animam gementem (Pergolesi)
- Duet: Domine (Mozart)
- Operatic Aria: Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen
- Scholarship: Test – Bist du bei mir (Bach), own selection – Fair Robin I Love (Mechem)
- Comic/Light Operatic: I want to sing in opera (David & Arthurs)
There’s a fair bit of singing in that lot. As I’ve mentioned before I make use of the shower to learn rep in other languages. But here’s what I’d really like in order to make the shower into a music study: A shower with a wall which encloses a large touch screen linked to some device on which all my scores are loaded, so I can turn the pages (a giant iPad if you will) and this screen is also linked to a piano accompaniment which I can sing to. Ok I just read that back and really all I’m asking to do is karaoke in the shower. How hard could it be to design something like that? If someone out there knows how to do it, I’ll patent it and then off you go, give me 25% of the profit and the first shower off the production line and we’ll call it quits.
Remember in my last blog post I talked about the little man who lives in my brain? I came across this great video of the gorgeous Joyce di Donato talking about her inner critic. I nearly put my neck out nodding away.