Better late than never, right? This past week was a particularly challenging one for all of our musicians – so let’s see how they fared!
I feel like every week I have an excuse – whether it’s recitals, work, or something. But, that is the life of a classical musician. You are your own manager! Originally my goal was to have a class this week but with the kind of schedule I have, it’s almost impossible. It is also difficult to want to work on leading a healthy lifestyle when you are kept up till 4PM because your significant otter has a stomach virus.
One of the things I enjoy a lot is walking around the city. Recently with this kind of post-degree stress, it was actually a wonderful, spontaneous moment to take time to walk around the city. Sicko and I took a long 60 block walk today, just to relieve ourselves of our neighborhood and got to work out the lazy legs a little too. There’s nothing like decompressing with each other and if it involves moving, even better.
Too bad I ate two Beard Papa’s cream puffs on the way…if you are taking food more seriously than exercising (oops), GO to Beard Papa’s! They are tasty tasty!
Tech week #1 down! The production of La Traviata that I’m in opened this past Friday, so things were a bit nuts. I was in a rehearsal every evening and worked during the day, so take what you will from that… It was also my birthday on Thursday… so my physical workouts were confined to how fast I could power walk to rehearsals and how fast I could consume copious amount of chocolate cake.
With regard to performances- I really think I would benefit from a nice yoga session before warming up and getting into costume. Granted, time is an issue for me, but the nights I took a moment to stretch (in between curling my hair and struggling with fishnet tights) really helped me focus. Since I’m on the brink of a 2nd Tech week now for a production of Suor Angelica- I’ll try to remember this!
The craziness that is my current schedule will subside in about two weeks, after which I plan to find a new place to go Salsa dancing, and hit up some Zumba classes. While in a dress rehearsal this week I was thinking just how grateful I am for my dance background- I can’t imagine how I would know how to hold myself and navigate a stage without it. Opera singing is VERY physical, contrary to popular belief, and it becomes very apparent once you leave the practice room and get up on the stage. If you know how to move it makes life so much easier, and performing that much more fun!
Like Eva, I spent the week in tech for Amore Opera’s production of La Traviata. Between rehearsals, auditions, and jobs, I failed at taking anything more than a single pilates MUCH NEEDED pilates class. It’s amazing how great my body feels after moving its muscles in the structure format of pilates. While I certainly did my share of power walking, sprinting between buildings, heavy bag carrying, and stage movement, but nothing beats a proper physical workout. For me, pilates seems to help align my back and stretch all of my muscles, putting me in a much more pleasant mood physically and emotionally!