Went to see the Vocal Wizard today( a.k.a. Jackson Sheats), and it was one of the best lessons I have had in this two year period of re-adjustment an fach change.
Pretty short warm-up, utilizing the Italian word "Quando". We worked to keep the top nice and skinny.
We worked the following arias:
"Non piangere, Liu" from Turandot
"addio, fiorito asil" from Madama Butterfly
"E lucevan le stelle" from Tosca
"Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci
"Celeste Aida" from Aida
Flat out sang the Aida like there was no tomorrow. We both agreed that it and the Pagliacci should join the list of audition arias.
For the first time, the B Flat on "Ergerti" was NOT a problem. Even when I listened at tad, I was able to correct it and keep it going. To me, that is amazing.
Took the day off on Sunday and enjoyed my time with Sheridan and the girls. Also the party at the pool, and some practice at the golf range.
Monday: twenty minute warm-up. then through the end of "La fleur que tu m'avais jetee" from "Puis, je m'accusais." Everything there.
Next through "Non Piangere Liu." I am struck by the ease in the middle of the voice, especially at "Il tuo signore" and at "chiede colui" to the ending B flat.
Sang thru the "Celeste Aida" all the way, as well as "ah si ben mio." Wow.