|Preach On, Brother (Barrett)
||[Feb. 10th, 2005|01:29 am]
I recently attended a masterclass put on my Dr. Richard Barrett, our stage director for La Traviata, a great guy, and a Sinfonian to boot.
He was talking with Kirsten Mateer, a very talented singer who is currently studying accounting. She said that she plans to be an accountant as her career, and sing for fun, etc. She said that the reason she didn't want to be a professional singer was that she hates rejection, which is a good reason as any, in my book. (Richard also readily admitted that professional singing, especially opera, is the business of rejection.)
To be honest, I'm rather in the same boat. If I keep practicing (and I really am, these days - who saw that coming?) and working, my voice has the potential to turn out pretty nicely. And I, like her, plan to do multimedia 9-5 and sing a decent amount of the rest.
But this is what he said about not pursuing singing as a career choice:
"Well, I get up every day, and, living in New York, I'm thankful that there's a man to come and pick up my garbage in the morning. But you can bet that there's a hundred of them who wish that they had what you have in your throat."
Makes you think. I've still never ruled out Sven the opera singer, but I'll also certainly be a full-time multimedia guy for a decent amount of time.
Also, this is what Fiora Contino, the amazing musical director of Opera Illinois, said to me tonight: "Steven, you're very good. Not just at computers, but at singing, too."
I just wanted to melt right there. Her dad knew Puccini personally. No matter what happens the rest of this week, that ridiculous compliment will keep me going.
Pleasant dreams, all.