Thoughts and Ideas

I am an idea person. I very much enjoy brainstorming different possibilities and solutions and letting the creativity flow. I remember taking some random personality test years ago, and one of my strengths was coming up with ideas and being imaginative. However, I may be great at coming up with ideas but I don’t always succeed when it comes to the execution. I guess that’s why I like opera so much.  There are endless interpretations of and possibilities within the story, character, and music, and I get to actually implement some of those ideas through singing – which I love. 

Below is a list of all my thoughts and ideas about what areas and concepts I want to explore through this process of learning Juliette. Of course some of this will morph and transform as I learn more, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of the different categories floating around in my head. 

There are a couple different categories to look at such as literary content, musical analysis and historical context. I’ll also include more behind-the-scenes glimpses into the practice and rehearsal space through videos of my solo practice, coachings, rehearsals, and blocking/staging. Another area of interest is how other artists have interpreted this story through visual art, different musical settings, and film.

With each post, I will include four items that must be addressed with each post/session. 

  1. Top focus or goal of the practice/study session
  2. Any challenges that came up, ideas for how to address
  3. Topics to explore and look into for the future
  4. How does what I learned inform my characterization of Juliette

Okay, so here is my laundry list of ideas, categories, and thoughts that I am going to explore to create and become Juliette:

  • Literary content 
    •  Read through Shakespeare play and Barbier/Carré libretto 
      • Discuss and compare/contrast characterization of Juliette 
      • Has the libretto changed any of the content, if so – what parts, how is it edited, and how does that affect the story?
  • Gounod’s setting of the text 
    • Look at specific arias/duets, etc.
    • French language/musicality that matches poetry of Shakespeare
  • Musical settings
    • Gounod, Bellini, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz
  • Contemporary versions
    • West Side Story
    • Film – 1968 Zeffirelli, 1996 Leonardo DiCaprio/Claire Danes 
  • Learning the role 
    • Character study and creation questions
    • How to learn music
    • French language/diction study 
    • Physical movement/presence for the stage 
    • Focus on specific musical numbers/scenes/acts  
    • Memorization 
    • Historical context
    • Verona, Renaissance
  • First performance 
    • Singers who created the roles
    • Public reception
  • Scholarship/literature study and reviews
    • How is this work and character explored in scholarly & non scholarly literature?
  • Learning a musical number of a different character 
    • This could be an interesting way to really delve deeply into the work as a whole – understanding other characters and the work from a different perspective
  • Interview with director Hugo Vera with Lawrence Opera Theatre (or other directors who have done Roméo et Juliette
    • Learn about approach, setting, and style envisioned
    • Learn about what he/she wants to see in characters, drama, etc.
    • Any other tips on singing, practicing, auditions, staging, etc.
  • Specific musical analysis
    • Formal or Harmonic: smaller or larger musical numbers
      • Connection to text  
  • Romeo and Juliet in Visual art 

As you can see there is an abundance of topics to explore on my journey to becoming Juliette.  These are just the ideas that I have come up with, but two heads is better than one! If any of these ideas sparked something in you, please share a comment below or an instagram message! 


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