Onstage at Juilliard: Vocal Arts!
Week #2 of blogging! Welcome BACK! This week we’ll talk about performances – upcoming, current, in-rehearsal – they’re everywhere! Juilliard has some amazing performance opportunities for their voice students. From Songbook recitals, to full length operas, to everything in between, Juilliard’s got ‘em! Below are a list of some of the fun things I’m involved in this school year!
This semester, I have the fortune of participating in the 305 Opera, which is sometimes referred to as the undergraduate opera (although it does feature graduate students as well). This is a great OPERAtunity (get it?!) to work in a small space to create a more intimate performance. Room 305 holds approximately 50 seats, which allows for theatre-in-the-round seating, or traditional seating. This semester, the 305 opera is Benjamin Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace. This is an incredibly challenging piece that tells the biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego set to a gorgeous score written by Britten. We’ve just recently started staging this beast of an opera, but it’s already shaping up to be great! I love getting the opportunity to work with some of my close friends on this piece.
Juilliard also mounts several other operas in the school’s performance venues. At Juilliard, all singers are required to participate in one opera chorus per year as a graduation requirement. Last season, Juilliard chose three pieces which did not feature a chorus so my chorus requirement was waived. This year, however, they are doing a chorus-heavy season, so I am lucky enough to be in TWO choruses. In addition to the Burning Fiery Furnace, I will be featured in the ensemble for Die Lustigen Weiber Von Windsor, an operatic telling of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. I have yet to begin rehearsals for this, but I cannot wait to begin work for this in January for a February opening!
Juilliard puts on hundreds of recitals each school year. This year the second year students will be presenting a Songbook recital on February 19th in Paul Hall. This recital will feature German and English repertoire. Second years take German and English diction classes, so it’s only fitting to present a recital of those languages.
Musical Theatre Cabaret:
Each year, the Vocal Arts Department hosts a Musical Theatre Cabaret. I am so lucky to be featured in this as well! This is the most recent addition to my schedule, so I don’t know anything yet! This is an excellent opportunity to sing a new style of repertoire and to get to explore and suggest pieces that you this would fit your voice well! I cannot wait to work on this concert which will be in early December in room 305!
Have a great week!