Needed that more than I thought.
I really wasn't in a good place on Saturday night. Got into street clothes right after bows, headed to Cicero' s, had some Italian and two Woodchuck Granny Smith's.
One thing I have learned of American audiences: they are dumber than cow dung. If it doesn't sound like something off a CD, they don't know what to do. And if the acting isn't Disney-esque, its' too far above them. If an artist actually performs the role the way it's meant, and doesn't sound manufactured or "like a tenor", they are at a loss. They have no clue, and don't know what to do.
Heaven forbid that the tenor sing a difficult HELDEN role easily and musically, look good and move well, and use the language very well. Heaven forbid that you be convincing and moving. 99% of Americans have zip of a clue.
Makes me thankful for the fella that wished I were singing for a German audience because "They would truly appreciate just what you have accomplished tonight."
My confidence is back, and I will sing and perform this character really well again tomorrow night and Saturday.
A lion doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep