Hi, thank you for visiting my blog, I set it up in 2013 as a log of my journey through training to become a classical singer and on to Opera school if I’m fortunate to achieve my goals. Hopefully this picture I present will help to push me forward, into the tomorrow I dream about.
The history of music is a large part of my course and writing better essays is a target of mine for this 2013/14. I also have to write about how music impacts on society and learn how to make a living out of perfecting my vocal skills.
I hope to put together a couple of recordings by the end of this year so that I can give you a taster on my blog and I will also put details of any live performances that I manage to arrange.
I study at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and it gives me the opportunity to do what I love every day. I study voice under the supervision of Kathleen McKellar Ferguson. Who has been a wonderful support this year I was fortunate to be placed with her, I need her help to propel my vision towards a reality and to get the best out of me.
As part of this process I have read other blogs of varying genres to fuel my imagination, I enjoy reading your comments and thoughts, so welcome and I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me.
[To hear Charlotte sing, go to her main page and look for the black music app on the right side. You really should listen–she’s GOOD. Terry]
I managed to get a selection of songs recorded on Sunday before having to go up to hospital for my X-ray. Here are the first two and I hope that you like them. To play them just select the song title using the media player on the right hand sidebar ( if you are using a smart phone the player will be under the post ).
The first is a favourite song of mine “Widmung” written by Robert Schumann which can be translated to mean “Dedication” and is based around a poem written by Friedrich Ruckert. Schumann composed this song as one of five songs created as a song cycle and presented as a gift to his wife to be, Clara Wieck.
The lyrics of the song provide the means for Schumann to capture the way that Clara made him feel. He expresses that Clara is his peace, angel, repose, rapture, heart, soul, grave for sorrows, better self and his heaven. A truly beautiful lieder and I hope that I do it justice.
The second song is “Per la Gloria d’adorarvi” written by Giovanni Bononcini from his opera, Griselda. The song’s title translates too “For the glory of adoring you” and is sung by the character Ernesto at the point that he thinks he is to lose the love of his life, Almirena, to the king. This arrangement is for a soprano and was a lovely song to work on with my teacher, Kath.
By the way Kath if you are listening to these recordings please remember that I was singing through the pain barrier because of my poorly foot
Many thanks to my good friend Danielle DiDonato who accompanied me brilliantly on these songs. Sadly she flies home to the USA this week and I would like to wish her every success for the future
Today the Telegraph poses the “Big Question” are opera and ballet elitist?
Two of my favorite activities are singing operatic music and ballet, I only heard operatic music (other than on T.V. advertisements) when I met Jayne Wilson a singing teacher at my comprehensive school. I had been singing popular music and musical theater numbers which are more accessible through state schools and the radio stations my parents listened to.
My mum, was taken on a school trip to the ballet by her Secondary school and would have loved to be a ballerina, so when I was two and a half she enrolled me into mixed dance classes ballet and tap. In our home town the Civic Hall staged a ballet each year and Mum and I went around my birthday, I loved it. I took my grades up to grade 7 and unfortunately didn’t have time to continue when my music studies took precedence. I still adore ballet and hope to resume my dancing at some stage.
My first visit to an opera was for my 18th birthday, my parents took me to see “The Queen of Spades” at the Lowry Theater in Salford Quays, I love listening to Tchaikovsky’s music and he composed the score. It was fabulous and I have gone on to see several operas in Glasgow and saw Eugene Onegin (a lyric opera) a couple of weeks ago and drifted into a world where I was Tatiana. This opera was also composed by Tchaikovsky. I love how the opera made me feel, I came out of Eugene Onegin thoroughly uplifted.
I love that the opera is being featured in cinemas now to reach a wider audience. I don’t think it is any more elitist than watching live football, no one is blocked from buying a ticket and I have met opera lovers from a wide variety of jobs and backgrounds. My Nan didn’t think she’d like Opera but she loves the music from Carmen and more now that I’ve introduced them to her.
As a footnote I was pleased to read in Telegraph today ( 13th March ) about the new season on The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It is well worth a read.
- Sunday Morning Listening: Other music for Spring (thousandfoldecho.com)
- Robert Schumann (wqxr.org)
- The Forest Scene op 82, by Robert Schumann (musiqdragonfly.wordpress.com)
- Singing for Conried’s Man, It is an Audition! 1903 (edithandpaul.com)