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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Die Walkure day 2

Spent my day staging Act 1 of Walkure.  Really didn't move around that much, but the intensity level is sky high.  Those that know me know that I am a very intense actor, but geese, this at another level.  Verdi and Puccini Don't even come into the same galaxy.

This is looking to be the best thing I have ever done, and that is saying something.  And it's the best cast, all around I have ever worked with.  Again, that speaks volumes. Some amazing singing going on.

Never have I felt this good or this right about a role. Glad I found it!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Walkure Day 1

Today I sang Siegmund all the way the way thru (with the cuts) with other singers.....God it was fantastic!!

The cast is very fine.  And the voices are right!  Absolutely RIGHT.  my head was ringing like mad when we finished.

Amber Smoke, my Sieglinde, is going thru the same type of Fach switch I am.  But she sounds beautiful.  Truly a smoky, rich color and very vibrant.  Just like Alexandra Lopiccolo' s, our Brunnhilde.  A real pack of dynamite.

Our Hagen, Nathan Whitson from Kansas City is an imposing bass with a beautiful top. Reminds me of Kevin Bell.  The last scene, our fight, is pretty exciting.

Tim Bruno is our Wotan, and I love hearing him. There is a great color and snarl that truly works for Wotan.

Gonna be a great run!!

Die Walkure take 1

First musical rehearsal begins in 50 minutes.  I have butterflies, but I am so excited.  I have never been this prepared nor felt this good vocally.  I am very thankful for that.

Here's to a good musical run!