I sang thru the role three times today. One just happened to be the dress rehearsal, even after I said I would mark....go figure.
I have come to love this role for many reasons, but foremost it allows me to be just who I am as an artist. I look the role, I sound the role, I have no problem cutting/carrying, but now I have gotten to the point that I am not afraid to make an ugly sound and I act the scrap out of the text and character.
If I never perform this role again, at least I will have the above