DG Rehearsal Diary #1

First mini rehearsal with the orchestra! ft. Dr. Rudge

WOW. This post is something I wish I had started so much longer ago!

I cannot believe we are a 2 weeks away from opening night – eeek!

Rehearsals have been going really well so far and we’re finally starting to put everything together. Lately, our main focus has been staging, and we haven’t been working with the music as much so it’s been really exciting seeing the whole thing come to life with all pieces of the puzzle there! Last night we did our first run through of the entire opera incorporating music, dance, staging, props, etc. For our first time running it , I think it went extremely well!

My BFF, Aleecea stopped in to watch rehearsal for a bit!

I’ve learned a lot this semester from my role in Don Giovanni. I’ve always known translations were important, but learning this role and acting this role made me realize how crucial the understanding of the translation truly is. The translation effects almost every single thing in the opera and it’s really amazing seeing the text come to life through our actions, emotion choices, movement, and of course, singing.

I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better role for my first shot at opera. Zerlina been a lot of fun, and I know that when this is all over, the 700+ hours of rehearsal will have most definitely been worth it.

I’ve felt like an absolute D I V A from our schedule lately. Everything has just been so busy, and as much as I want to complain about it, it’s also been kind of fun? Especially this past Friday… We had so much running around to do! From makeup, to photoshoot, to a promotional singing gig. It was a lot of fun! I wish I could show you how gorgeous my costume is! They’re still working on it, but it gets better and better every time I see it.

Throughout the entire process so far, I’ve realized how important it is to take care of yourself! Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, exercise, eat properly, etc. All of it is so important. I wasn’t focusing enough on me last week and as a result, I got pretty sick. Thankfully I spent a few days in bed and slept it off.

We’re doing a stage makeup class next week that I cannot wait for! With every rehearsal, I am reminded of how thankful I am to have been given this opportunity. It’s been such a fun and rewarding experience.

What kind of content do you want to see from me about my experience in Don Giovanni?! Leave a comment below!