Thursday, November 11, 2010



Today was the FINAL working dress rehearsal for our Mostly Mozart programme!

I can't believe our performance is finally here!



7:30 PM


Or be square... or whatever... >_>


Friday, October 29, 2010

A few thoughts

The amazing thing AND the difficult thing about opera (and actually any other art form) are as follows:

As a performer, it is NOT about US.

It is NOT "I want to feel. I want to be. I want to experience. I want to learn."

Those are all important things. Feeling, experiencing, being, learning are all great things that one can take away from a production and/or a performance.

However, when all of that--when WE get in the way of the art and the communication, we have DEFEATED OUR PURPOSE.

It IS NOT about us.

It IS about the music.

It IS about the text.

It IS about the audience.

It IS about conveying the truth of human nature in all its silliness, beauty, repulsiveness and insanity.


If a performer impedes other performers from doing their ABSOLUTE best-- whether it be because of EGO, LACK OF PREPAREDNESS, or INSENSITIVITY or all of the above-- that person is SELFISH.

Our duty as artists is to provide our fellow artists with a safe, encouraging, supportive place of work so we can use our craft to touch the audience.

That is all.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rehearsal Photos!

I just couldn't resist bringing my camera to our first choreography rehearsal today! Here's some of the faces of APU Opera. Clicky HERE to get to my Flickr page!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

More on opera camp and other thoughts

It's been a while since Saturday (thanks a lot homework!) but opera camp was fantastic! Two of the highlights: slapping people around and great Mexican food!

Okay, you might be saying "Er... what? Slapping? At APU? WHAT?" Chillax, guys! It was just stage combat training. It was loads of fun! And of course, we had some amazing Mexican food at Dr. Galloway's apartment. Mmm~~~

Now, it's back to the music. You'll get no complaints from me! Singing Mozart is a joy and a privilege. How could you get tired of his music? It's impossible! Every time I sing his music, I just want to melt into all those notes on the page and live there. Only if that were possible...

Alrighty! The staging portion of our production is coming up really soon so expect pictures and videos of us doin' our thang! :D


Friday, September 17, 2010

Opera Camp

The first half of Opera Camp 2010 ended a few hours and all I have to say is that it was AMAZING! We learned so much about each other, our company and what it means to function as a ensemble. There was so much given, taken and exchanged. We met new people, laughed with them and learned with them. We experienced vulnerability, fear and ultimately trust. All within a matter o hours.

We're a company. We're an ensemble. We're a family!

Welcome to the new 2010 APU Opera family, guys. I don't think anyone could have imagined a better group people!