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- We didn't get a real rehearsal with the orchestra or Bocelli as we did for the Christmas '09 concert. This was because Mr. Bocelli was in NY the day before our concert for his Metropolitan Opera 'debut'. I'm not even going to comment on that. Click the link and read the NY Times review which speaks for itself. Then he arrived late for the short rehearsal time we did have on the day of the concert... and we didn't go over all of the pieces. In fact, midway through the rehearsal they added a piece of music about 2 hours before the show!
- The conductor, Eugene Kohen, was a very nice man but a very strange conductor! Some of his arm movements were nothing like I've ever seen. He almost never cued our entrances and we needed the cues since we didn't have any rehearsal time. To their credit, Orchestra Miami did a fantastic job and to our credit, we managed to not screw anything up too badly. The videos show we sounded really good!
- The stage of course was elevated, but the chorus was in the back of the stage, elevated even more - I'm guessing we were about 50 feet above the ground. Getting to my seat was a challenge because part of the stairs didn't have any handrails. A nice guy from the Bocelli road crew helped me but it was a little scary. I was smack in the middle of the first row, but once in my seat all was fine.
- I'd forgotten what it was like to see 21,000 people looking at us on stage! It was just awesome and yes, surreal. The sound of their applause was overwhelming.
Gabriel Fauré wrote some beautiful music but I have to confess that other than the gorgeous Cantique de Jean Racine I'm just not a big fan of French romanticism. The Master Chorale of South Florida is rehearsing Faure's Requiem and my plan is to rehearse and learn the piece but not sing in the performances because I think it will be too difficult for me to stand for entire performance which is what will be required. Plus, I don't love the piece and further, our conductor has placed me in the lower alto part which for this piece means I'm actually singing the Tenor I part in the tenor register which is killing my voice - it's too damn low! I'm not a second alto - if anything I'm a second soprano so this just feels wrong to me. I can't sing it that low with any kind of decent tone and I don't think my one voice will be missed in the sea of 100+ so I'm opting out. It will be fun to sit in the audience and hear what the chorus sounds like - something I rarely get to do.
Verdi Requiem coming up March 24th through the 27th. I love, love, love the Verdi Requiem and am looking forward to being back at the beautiful performing arts center at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Saturday night is already sold out so if you are in town and want to see a great performance of a great masterwork, let me know and I'll be happy to invite the first 2 people who reply as my guests to the night of their choice - Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Boca!
Next week I'll be in Tampa for the CCSVI Alliance Symposium and Walk. See my previous post for more info. Will report on that when I return.
Addendum: I finished the portrait - it needs some tweaking but basically this is it.