Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cosi va la Prima

As opening night began, our soprano was starting to feel like her voice was escaping her by the note. Already in our very first entrance, a worried look appeared on her face, and ,being closely by her side, I could hear the cords starting to play tricks on her.
Personally, I had an interesting night my self. It's hard enough to fake a happy duet when you know that the entire British press is in the house, but it's even harder to fake it when on the top of everything you are worried that your partner would quit at any given moment and leave you with a person with which you have never rehearsed.
The whole cast came together as a perfect support system and held our Fiordiligi's hand , and breathed deeply with her, before each entrance. We all know how scary it is to sing an entire opera, number by number; When you have to concentrate on being able to start and FINISH your next scene. Then get off stage, and be worried sick about the next thing you might or might not be able to accomplish.
Luckily, my Fiordiligy is a trouper, and the cast is a bunch of angels. We did it! and, more than that, I feel we did really well.
In one of the scenes our ability to improvise was tested; My dear sister, being as sick and worried as she was, got confused with her next line. luckily, it was a recit in which I am trying to find out whether she would consider the idea of flirting with the new guys.
There was an awkward silence, and since she didn't respond, I got up and walked towards her.(seeming to encourage an answer). At that point, I decided to skip her line and go a head with mine, (which was only one word). we looked at each other perplexed, and then both said it at the same time:"Dunque".
This, made our characters giggle (as it would, and as it so often happens to two sisters who know each other very well, and start talking at the same time). I thought it was very cute. After that we all got back on track , ready to begin our second duet. :)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Sean said...

"...Israeli mezzo Rinat Shaham brings personality and Mediterranean sunshine as Dorabella."

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/16951/cosi-fan-tutte

(includes photo)

8:49 AM  
Blogger Singin'rin said...

Thank you Sean!!
as usual, I am busy "fishing" the Internet for reviews. (bad habit, I know), and this one indeed managed to escape my "fishing rod"... {What kind of bate do you use ?} ;) Thanks for sharing ! :)

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Giorgia said...

hehe, was about to post the same URL that SEAN did post...
WELL DONE, RINI!!! HUZZAH!!! :)))

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Sean said...

My news search of choice is

http://news.google.com

Found two more:

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/opera/article1830616.ece


http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/theatre/show-23350993-details/Glyndebourne+Festival+Opera:+Cosi+Fan+Tutte/showReview.do?reviewId=23397699

12:00 PM  
Blogger Singin'rin said...

Yea, I look at Google news too. Sometimes they get it a bit later. In't it shocking to read all 4 reviews and realize that they basically say exactly the opposit of the other? (tenor's the worst/ tenor's the best. Desipna is the strongest, Despina's the weakest.. etc)... pretty amazing, really :)

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Sean said...

Rinat Shaham and her groper of the Month:

http://stuffedkoala.blogspot.com/2007/05/rinat-shaham-groped-in-glyndebourne.html

This is what every husband wants to see when reading his wife's opera review.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Singin'rin said...

lol :)

7:30 AM  

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