Christmas is right around the corner! Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to everyone! I have been contemplating how holidays have changed for me throughout the past few years and I see that they have become much more focused on the holiday and at the same time they are work. As a singer any holiday or event is an opportunity to work. In general if one thinks about entertainers, one will realize that we can only work if there are people to watch. The rest of the time we are practicing, travelling, auditioning and educating ourselves. So we work in the evenings, in the weekends, in events, weddings, Independence Day celebrations, Christmas, Easter. There are actually hundreds of years of music written that traditionally are done now-a-days for Christmas. There are even oratorio and mass to be done on even specific days of the advent. Perhaps on Xmas day or a week before. It is really incredible, although in many places they are not strict about which days to play certain pieces. What is most common is that Easter pieces be played in Easter and Christmas one’s during Christmas time. I am at the moment travelling for work, enjoying a hotel breakfast, thinking about my upcoming Christmas concerts. They are necessary to the support of singers everywhere. And although it is a job to perform, I feel that I have the best job in the world. Sharing thoughts on love, peace and joy, and giving people their first taste of Christmas. I have now had my first taste of Christmas. Strange that it happens on the Finnish Independence Day.
I am now singing Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in Helsinki Music House and it is wonderful. This is a Sibelius Academy production and my last in my studies in the school.
Getting ready for a photo shoot.
This may sound a little strange (and/or creepy), but I'm gonna go for it anyways. Last Saturday, you sang at the Mostly Mozart concert in Chilliwack, and I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your performance. Classical concerts, while wonderful, can often be a little bit uppity, but between you and the conductor it was lovely and friendly, often funny! I wanted to say something after the performance, but the concession kept me busy for a long while. (you may know me as having colourful hair). :)
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I didn’t notice I had a tumblr message. Thank you for writing. It really means a lot to get feed back. You would think that as a performer I hear things from the audience often but for some reason it just isn’t part of the culture. One of the things I would like to change. I would also like to change the elitism of classical music. It is fun and uplifting and extremely emotional and enjoyable and for some reason the etiquette that society has places around in recent years does not give enough space for people to experience it in a way that they can relate to. It boggles my mind really. And I am constantly trying to think of how to make what I love to do interesting for the general public. Thank you for your message. It really gives me hope that I am making a change one person at a time.
First time in the beautiful Helsinki university library. Wow!
The start of a new era. Moving on from Susanna to Adele. Mozart felt great to sing and I learned a lot about my own singing from the experience. I actually think I will not put Susanna on the shelf quite yet. I want to do some more checking through while it is still fresh in my mind. The role was really the epicentre of comfort for me. It is really good to find something like that. Now I am searching for more roles like that. And in the meantime singing Adele which is gorgeous music. I want to swim in it and dance all the time. Last night we had an ensemble run through and I found myself often bouncing around, dancing in my seat. The music really is get up and go stuff.