Finished Don Giovanni . . . .HEAVENLY!

DVD of Don GiovanniWeston and I finished Don Giovanni last night while eating dinner. We had gotten about 30 minutes into the Act 2 last week and got to finish it. And let me tell you, what an ending! Bryn Terfel Jones played Don Giovanni and Renee Fleming was Donna Anna, absolutely amazing! When the opera started, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, as previously stated in my last blog post. But now, I am totally 100% in love. Renee Fleming completely embodied the brushed and battered (emotionally) woman who must come to terms with a death of her father and hatred for the man who killed him. Her rage at Don Giovanni and her insistence to Don Ottavio for revenge is wonderful. In act two Donna Anna and Don Ottavio are together and she is begging him to understand why she can’t be romantic yet, or love him the way she knows he should be loved because she is still in mourning for her father. Renee Fleming sang the most majestic aria I have ever heard. She floated from note to note effortlessly. I want to be like her, wait, no I want to be her some day.

The scene near the end with the statue coming to life and taking Don Giovanni to hell was wonderful. At first I was slightly confused because I wasn’t sure what was happening, but after I got it, I was nearly gleeful. Such a great ending to the story. He got what he deserved. Character aside, Bryn Terfel Jones is one of the most commanding performers in opera today. I first saw him in the Die Walkure playing Wotan and there as with Don Giovanni, he has such a commanding presence on the stage. You can’t help but look at him. He is one that I would love to someday play against.

To sum up, watched it, loved it, I pretty sure I’m going to buy it.



And 6 months later . . .

Time fly’s. I know everyone knows that, but I honestly believe that as you age, time speeds up. It’s like some cosmic joke, you get older and the day’s get shorter. So much has happened in the last few months, I feel like I should just erase everything written before and start over. But I won’t.

My lesson’s with Barry have been AMAZING! I don’t think I can completely convey how happy I have been with my lessons. First, Barry is the first teacher I have had that pushes me to not just ‘rest on my laurels’ but to really push me. I had a conversation with his wife, who is also a great singer, expressing how much I enjoy Barry and how hard he pushes me, and she looked at me like I was a little crazy. “Are you sure you like it?” She asked and I laughed it off. Because I truly do like that he doesn’t let me coast like every other teacher has done since I started singing.

His background is in Opera and I’ve fallen in love with Opera. When I first started taking lessons, I really had a hard time because I was still so stuck on Musical Theater. It was a scary concept for me to move away from Musical Theater and to Opera because it was always something that us MT people didn’t understand. But Barry was very patient with me, inching me closer and closer to opera. And he succeeded in the end. I fell in love!

For my 24th birthday, my husband (the amazing, fantastic, wonderful sexy husband) took me to see Die Walkure by Wagner at the local cinema. The Metropolitan Opera does a Live in HD series where they broadcast the production to theater’s around the US. Very cool. But the performance was breath taking. Deborah Voight was phenomenal as Brunhilde! This was the first real full length Opera that I have seen, what an introduction!!! The final scene of the Opera is of Wotan and Brunhilde are saying their final goodbye’s and she is being laid to rest, I was sobbing. It was so emotional because I was imagining saying goodbye to my own father and how horrible that would be. I had never been touched like that through music before. I’m now totally hooked.

I’m watching a Met performance of Don Giovanni right now with my husband through Netflix. A whole slew of Met performances are on Netflix to check out and I’ve queued them all! We finished act one and are onto act two now. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I like it because the performances are great, but the character of Don Giovanni is such a jerk and I really want to smack him! I’ll see it through and let you know how I feel.