For the most part, this week I will be trying to recoup from being in performance mode for so long. Every day that I had to sing, I went through a specific routine of allergy medicine, coffee, bananas, sleeping at the same times, all to keep my voice in some kind of healthy shape. It becomes a little neurotic at times, but it is all for the love of the art.
Thank you for all the comments about the "Lazy Person's Guide to Opera" posts last week. I hope that you find some entertainment out of those, and hopefully I will be able to add to those in the future. If you missed them, here are the links to the posts:
This week made me think a lot, not only about Don Giovanni, but opera in general and what the future of opera looks like. I love to go to the movies and I caught myself searching for upcoming releases to see what I could be looking forward to: war movies, sequels to other movies that I like, movies from directors that I like, etc. That lead me to think that this was probably how opera was received in Mozart's time. I know we will never see that kind of reception for opera again, but perhaps there are some things to get excited about.
So, I did some searching online about some upcoming operas, just to see if I could feel the same excitement towards them as I do movies. Keep in mind, that I am an opera freak, fully aware of the differences between movies and opera. None of these have had their world premiere, but I tried to study them a little bit - this takes the place of a teaser trailer. And in the movie critic (Roman Emporer) culture of thumbs up and down, I will set a rating system using Pavarotti Hankies and Susan Boyle - 2 Pav Hankies mean I am the most excited, 1 Pav Hankie means I am looking forward to it even though it may be weird, and a Susan Boyle means that it looks and sounds pretty strange to me.
So, here is my first review (keep in mind, this is just measuring my personal excitement - so there's nothing scientific about any of this)
Sonntag aus Licht by Stockhausen
This opera is premiering April 9 at Oper