I was asked at very short notice to learn this beautiful piece of music as a last minute stand in; Handel's Dixit Dominus. I felt very honoured to be asked, but I only had a few days to learn the entire of the 2nd soprano part - two duets and the alto solo. I know - ALTO - you did read that correctly. Normally I am singing top E flats or the soprano 1 part. I decided it was a fun challenge for myself, and that it would probably also be quite good for my technique to work on my middle and lower notes for little while.
It was great fun. I did have to spend a few late nights really trying to get the notes into my head, but then I could spend a day or two really getting the placement into my voice. A challenge it was, but great fun all the same!
My duet partner way the glorious soprano Louise Fuller whom I met while we studied at the Royal College of Music together. Her soprano solo was simple stunning. I was in awe of her artistry and vocal beauty (Brava Louise!). I didn't remember to take a photo with her in our posh frocks unfortunately. We were having too much fun chatting and catching up. I did manage to get a great photo of the two of us at a service station somewhere on the way home. The photo is of us ordering Macdonalds as a midnight road snack (In this heat we've been having, I am a little bit obsessed with McFlurries).
Anyway, the gig was a triumph. The orchestra sounded amazing, and I managed to fool everyone that I was not in fact a soprano, but instead a mezzo. One gentleman looked very puzzled when he asked me what roles I have done, and I said Pamina. He certainly wasn't expecting that.
But now I am very glad to be back in my own fach and singing high soprano repertoire again. It suits my personality better, well I think so anyway.
Jennifer Coleman - is a classical / opera singer, and vocal coach, performing across the UK and internationally.