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Looking Ahead with excitement
As a singer it can be very easy to complain. The life I chose is not easy and it seems that with the economic state worldwide, opera companies are either folding or seriously cutting back on spending. There are more performers out there than ever before and competition is fierce. Every year I hear of more and more of my talented colleagues quitting altogether.
This business is strange. There are moments when I wish I could do something else but the stage calls me. I must believe that if I persevere doors will open for me.
It is with this spirit that I am looking forward to the season ahead.
In November 2015 I will be singing the “First Maid” in Strauss’ Elektra with Montreal Opera. Since my apprenticeship ended in 2010, Michel Beaulac (Artistic Director) has invited me back three times: the Galas in 2010 and 2014 and for a role in Porgy and Bess (January 2014). Mr. Beaulac has a great track record of supporting his past apprentices. I am honoured to be among them.
In January 2016, I will be in Edmonton singing Mercedes in Edmonton Opera’s production of Carmen. This will be the third straight season working in Edmonton (Madame Butterfly 2014, Magic Flute 2015) preceded by many outreach performances. I feel very fortunate to be able to sing at home. Not only does my family get to share in the fruits of their sacrifice but family friends and colleagues get to enjoy a night out with a personal touch.