Sunday, 28 November 2010

Diary ... Advent

Temperatures have dropped. Snow has been announced for most of the UK. It's the time of the Christmas Oratorios, of Messiahs. It's hard not to be busy as a singer around Christmas.
For January I am preparing a scene from Handel's Giulio Cesare, playing the role of Achilla, a hearty bass-baritone role.
I am finally beginning to look at the last remaining major Mozart role, Guglielmo from Cosi fan tutte. Including lots of ensemble music, it is a comprehensive part, very much essential to the modern core repertoire.
Preparing new Lied repertoire, I am working on a collection of Abendlieder, Evening Songs inspired by German folk songs and repertoire by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. What better way to finish the week than to work with Roger Vignoles on 'Alinde' or 'Auf der Bruck'.