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What I Wish I Knew: Getting My First Role

Hello fellow readers!

We are getting to the final week before Le Nozze di Figaro opens and I couldn't be more excited. I've been saying for years on this blog, that Le Nozze di Figaro is one of my favourite operas and I was floured when I got asked to sing Cherubino. (Who has been on my list of dream roles, not only once but twice!)
I felt confident when accepting the role, as I knew both the arias and figured that the libretti would be a piece of cake. I had done recit before!...kind of. Like maybe 10 bars of music before an aria...but that's the same thing anyways!

Boy, was I wrong.

To my credit, I am only in my third year. I haven't had the chance to sing a role yet or learn the hard truth about recitative...but it was a wake up call that came with a huge learning curve.

I went into my first read of the opera thinking I knew all of my music. I had looked it over in the summer and had highlighted all my parts. I was familiar with the ensembles and I knew my aria ins…

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