Work Ethic

While I am here in New York preparing for my upcoming performance of Figaro in dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, I have made sure to set aside time to meet with other music professionals and sing for as many people as possible. That list includes coaches, teachers, companies, agents, and anyone who is involved in the performing arts – including one wonderful experience singing briefly in the Times Square subway tunnel with Opera Collective. Music is everywhere!

After some of these auditions I have posted a little Twitter note thanking the organization followed by #hustling #workingit. I added that as a way to bolster my efforts and to encourage myself to keep going with this work, but in doing so it also made me consider how I had been spending my time before coming to New York. Productive, yes, but here, without the distractions I had allowed myself when in the comforts of my own home, I have been able to focus entirely on my craft. The reason I am here right now is to perform and work on every aspect of the advancement of my career, which includes vocal and language study, auditioning, lots of networking, and above-all getting myself heard, anywhere and everywhere, so that others may come to know my voice.

This performance of Figaro will be a great way to introduce myself to the New York audience. Our cast is spectacular, and this production, especially for a smaller company, is top-notch. I have invited many colleagues to attend in order to see me perform in the context of a full opera, and it is my hope that these efforts of networking will provide me with new opportunities and outlets of performance, which leads to more exposure, networking, study, and auditioning; and the cycle repeats.

This is a work ethic that I understand. Rather than remain at the whims of the Fates of Opera, I feel so much more in control of my own future simply by choosing what to do right now. So I am very thankful for this opportunity in New York. It is just where I need to be.

Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Libretto by Da Ponte
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
The Rose Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center
Friday, August 14th at 7:30pm
Sunday August 16th at 2pm
Saturday, August 29th at 7:30pm

Il barbiere di Siviglia by Paisiello, Libretto by Petrosellini
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
The Rose Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center
Saturday, August 22nd at 2pm
Wednesday, August 26th at 7:30pm