The two days back in home territory at Wolf Trap flew by. As we heard 12 hours of auditions, furiously did laundry, repacked, and ran off to catch the train, my wise husband asked what kind of idiot made up this masochistic audition schedule. Uh…
At least this time, it was the train. So civilized somehow. I worked for about 45 minutes, then Rahree and I gave up the last of our brain cells to a trashy movie. (I never saw the TV show, so I thought I’d be totally lost. But thanks to my daughter’s description and the handy 5-minute recap at the top of the movie, I was fine.)
Studio Auditions – Wrapping Up!
Saturday’s studio singer auditions were held in our beautiful but acoustically dry Lecture Hall. After yesterday’s stairwell/bathroom acoustics in Chicago, it was a transition. It’s never completely artistically satisfying to sing in the Lecture Hall, but at last we could listen with confidence and clarity. It’s easier to listen in a naked acoustic and imagine adding a little enhancement and warmth to the sound than it is to mentally subtract from what you hear.
As of 6pm today (Monday), we’ve wrapped up the Studio audition portion of the tour. Now it’s all about waiting. In order to figure out to whom we can make WTOS offers, we have to wait until the repertoire is chosen and confirmed.
We’ve seen a wide variety of opening aria choices in this round. If I have time tonight, I’ll churn out the audition rep list from these Studio auditions. And, by the end of the week, the aria frequency list for the Filene Young Artist auditions. In the meantime, visit Rahree for comments on some of the refreshing arias, art songs, and monologues we’ve heard.
And if this is the end of the Studio auditions, then it’s the end of the monologues. I know that the singers won’t mourn this passing, but we do. Truly, some of these 1-minute monologues are entertaining. Some are quite moving. But that’s not why we do it. Particularly with young singers, the sheer physical and technical requirements of singing are overwhelming. During an aria, we may find the singer emotionally flat and not particularly communicative. When we ask for the monologue, we have a chance to observe the singer without the newish and often overwhelming sword of vocal technique hanging over his head. And often, the result is illuminating.
More tomorrow – having a hard time keeping up with blogging this time around. My apologies, for I know it’s when many of you are following. This is proving to be a difficult year to manage. Often, by now, some repertoire options are suggesting themselves, and that is not the case. That, combined with the wickedly condensed travel schedule, is wreaking a little havoc with our minds and bodies. But being in one city for 5 days should help tremendously. Back at you soon.