I have to confess that the past few weeks have been a challenge. Combining my full time Masters Degree, a cabaret Recital, a lieder Recital, a couple of auditions, rehearsals every weekend for a Production of Mozart's the Magic Flute which we successfully performed last weekend (28th and 29th January), and a huge 20 minute assessed opera scene as The Vixen in the Cunning Little Vixen only 5 days later (3rd February) - and not forgetting a couple of Funerals (including one which I organised with a String Quartet and Mezzo).
BUT I DID IT! I have not had a day off, and I have had to really look after my voice and be smart about balancing my workload. Sometimes I felt very overwhelmed with it all - but when you chunk it down and take it day by day, anything is achievable. I am so proud of myself for accomplishing all this.
The scene last night was lots of fun - how can you not have fun when pretending to be a Fox! It was really interesting playing with the physicality of being a fox - sharp sudden movements, no thumbs because of having paws instead, imagining super sharp hearing and intense sense of smell. All of these things added to the character.
I was high energy and very playful. I have posted some photos of the scene here for you to view. It's the love scene when she meets the Fox and they awkwardly fall in love - I get to sing a fun aria about living with humans and how horrid they were to me. In this production I also got to eat some KFC on stage!
One day I would love to sing the full role.
Hopefully I will have a couple of photos from the dress rehearsal of Magic Flute soon.
Until then, I am off to prepare for a Concert tonight in Reading, Berkshire, an audition tomorrow, and a recital on Monday in Buckinghamshire with my clarinettist Piotr Dec.
See you soon! x
Jennifer Coleman is a soprano who works as a classical singer and vocal coach. Available for performances across the UK and internationally.