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Thursday, October 27, 2016

What is Singerreise?

If you haven't watched the video yet, you may be wondering what "Singerreise" is. Let me tell you a story.

To do that, we'll need to back up several months. Back then I was trying to think of new ways that I could create something new and useful, something that I hadn't seen done before, and was doing a ton of brainstorming. I had just discovered the wonders of podcasts, but I couldn't figure out why someone would want to listen to what I had to say. For that matter, I didn't think I had anything all that interesting to begin with.

On the other hand - I'm an opera singer. While I hang out with those kind of people all the time, apparently, it isn't every day that you run into one. Apparently, opera singers are very interesting people to meet. It kind of gets a "Wow!" when it comes up. Who knew?

So I have a few talking points that I can use at a cash register or in a church narthex-lobby (aka. the "narby"). That would be good for... maybe, two videos?

However, when my colleagues and I first started talking about putting a together a performance of Winterreise by Schubert, I had an "aha!" moment. Winterreise happens to be a large work -- 24 songs in total and over 70 minutes of German Lieder goodness. I could do videos of all 24 of them, one at a time over an extended period of time.

Even then, the world doesn't need more recordings of Winterreise (well, maybe it does, but that's besides the point). There's plenty to choose from out there. If this was to be useful to people, something different needed to be done, something of a personal approach to it. So I inserted myself into the equation, and out came "Singerreise."

"Singerreise" will take the best of what I know to do and mesh it together with the Schubert song cycle. There will be teaching, singing, language study, memorization, and so on. For example, I'll perform each piece in the song cycle, but prior to performing it, I'll dig into what the text of the piece means and highlight some of my favorite moments in it. I'll dedicate some videos to how to go about translating a piece, how to memorize, my personal philosophies on marking scores, a lesson on IPA (no, not the beer... unless Opera on Tap wants to co-produce a video...), etc. etc., essentially, everything that I do on a daily basis as an opera singer. As I say in the intro video, you'll get a "backstage look, straight into my living room." I hope you won't be too disappointed by what you see in there -- it is just another room like in your house. Even still, I think we're going to have some fun together.

Sound exciting? Let me know by commenting below! And do me a favor by "sharing" the fun, too.

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