Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Opera, Schmopera

I talk very little about "the other part" of my life. I know, that sounds creepy, like I'm a serial killer or something. I promise you, that is most definitely not the case! In fact, I am a music teacher + a wannabe someday grad student in the field of Vocal Pedagogy and Opera Performance.

This blog was originally a way for me to delve into some other interests besides music- since being a music major in college was all-encompassing and didn't give me much of a chance to do anything else! But, music is such a huge part of my life that I can't NOT talk about it, at least once in a while. =) 

Last week, I got to finish up a 2-week Italian Opera study program. It consisted of several lessons and language classes with Maestro Leonardo Marzagalia and his wife Cristina, who come here every couple of years from Italy to do this program. I was one of 12 lucky participants, ranging in age from 16 to 60-ish. It culminated in a recital where we all sang the pieces we had been working on. Here's a photo taken after the recital, of all the participants + the Maestro (at the piano).

And just for fun, here's a wee clip of me singing. It's not the whole song, some parts of the beginning got cut off, but here's a least part of it!


  1. I have goose bumples! You have an amazing voice, I had no idea!

  2. Ahhh! I can't listen to the clip right now, but I definitely will when I get home! : ) I'm so glad you got to participate in the program. What an incredible experience!

    You look amazing - that's such a perfect dress for you!

  3. oh my gosh, i was like "please let there be a video, please let there be a video." and there was! woot! amazing, girl!

  4. You have such a lovely voice!! Thanks for including the clip!

  5. Mikalah, there is just no end to your talents! Thanks for sharing "the other part" of your life. Beautiful.

  6. Wow you are so talented! You should definitely blog about this side of you as it is obviously such a big part of who you are.
    I have a bit of opera in my blood unfortunately not the talent. My Great Uncle was a well known tenor in the 40s and 50s and my Aunt too is a soprano. My first experience of opera, other than my Aunt's recitals was Tourandot when my dad took me to see it aged 5 when my mum wouldn't go with him. I loved it!
    Lori xo



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