I had the opportunity once again yesterday to sing a recital on the Classical Sundays series at the Antique Sandwich Company in Ruston and I must say, it was a good time. Pianist Coni Liljengren accompanied me on the piano, and we presented the VW "Songs of Travel" (which I had actually not performed the entire set all at once before), some Schumann and Schubert lieder, and finished with two pieces from "South Pacific". It was a nice sunny afternoon, so not as many folks were in attendance as I had hoped, but nonetheless it was fun.
The previous weekend I sang at the MONC auditions and had the pleasure of seeing Vinson Cole, who judged the competition. Catching up with a former teacher and getting some valuable feedback was a great experience. I sang arias from The Magic Flute and Billy Budd, and though I didn't walk away with an award, felt good about how I sang. I was very proud of some friends who did win some money, and I look forward to attending the regional auditions in February.
I am now attempting to learn two operas simultaneously :) I will sing Guglielmo in "Cosi" for Puget Sound Concert Opera in December, and Marullo in "Traviata" in late November. It will be a busy month (also have a "Messiah" gig) so come Christmastime, I will be much deserving of a break :)