Inspiration at the Lyric

The Lyric: Chi-Lyric_Ardis_Krainik_The Greetings, I have been lucky to have seen the majority of the Lyric's season in the past few months.  Watching singers in the industry is priceless for my understanding of what is happening now in the opera world, and what true artists do in the moment. There has been many tears shed at the Lyric this year for me; mostly of joy and inspiration, but of course there were some tragic moments. It's opera! I saw Don Pasquale, Werther, Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rigoletto, and Streetcar Named Desire. Last night was the first time I have seen Renee Fleming perform. In the very beginning stages in high school when I decided to major in Vocal Performance, I read Renee's book The Inner Voice.  I found it so honest and inspiring.  I had always been a passionate musician, jumping around from instrument to instrument while taking voice the entire time. I am so happy that my gut led me to major in vocal performance.  I have found so much joy and inspiration from music.  One aspect that I love of pursuing music, is that the possibilities are limitless.  I have always been an independent learner, and being in a practice room, pushing yourself to reach as far as you can musically, technically, and spiritually has taught me more about myself than any other academic subject.  There are no real grades, no specific syllabus,  nor any set A-B-C path that defines the study. Spiritually, singing challenges me to live in the moment while performing. As many people have concluded through history, living in the moment is the key to happiness. The grandness of music has helped me trust in the universe. It was interesting to observe Anna Netrebko's stage presence as Mimi in La Boheme.  From the moment she walked on stage, she was just a magnet.  Her performance was not perfect, but there was this entire level of presence that I have not experienced with any of the other extremely talented performers that have graced the stage of the Lyric in the past few months.  The Lyric recently published a photo of Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko, and Albina Shagimuratova under the title "The stars align at the Lyric!" That is most definitely true, and I am so grateful to have seen each soprano in their respective beautiful interpretations of the roles. 891796_10151526092139161_489704922_o Until next time, cropped-header-bw.jpg

The Beginning

615417_10151081255661780_1274606683_o I'm very excited to be launching this website! It has been a wonderful learning experience to create the website. I will be updating the website often because it is in it's early stages, so stay tuned. I am currently studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I am in the Junior year of my undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance. When I was cast as the Countess in the Marriage of Figaro at La Musica Lirica, I was inspired to start a fundraising campaign and create a website.  I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to sing the Countess.  I'm ready to dive into the score, and take the role as far as I can before I arrive in Italy. I am going to use this blog to take you through my life as a young singer, and my experience in Italy this upcoming summer.  I am so excited for the experience. I hope to post photos, stories, anecdotes, links, and anything that I soak in during my summer experience. I will take you through my life as a young singer, and my trip to Italy.  I hope to post photos, stories, anecdotes, and links. Thank you for your interest! And with that, I'll end with a photograph of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, an inspiration of mine. schwartzkoff   Stay Tuned, cropped-header-bw.jpg