Saturday, March 17, 2012

Five Reasons I Haven't Blogged in Over Ten Days

The main reasons I have been absent of late are all composers.  Composers and lots of sitting at the piano....

5.  ...Gilbert & Sullivan

I was recently hired to perform with a program called OPERAtion Imagination, which brings opera into the schools.  We do an assembly first, and then all of the students are invited to participate in an opera workshop where they can do a little bit of singing and performing along with us.  I'm super excited.  One of the pieces we'll be doing is a Gilbert & Sullivan classic and will be easy for the kids to learn and sing.

But, Gilbert & Sullivan is a cinch, really.  All that repetition is really no problem....but I also have to learn some...

4. ...Mozart.

There are three of us in the program: Two sopranos (I'm more of a mezzo) and a bass-baritone.  Do you know what a dirge of trios there are for this voicing in opera?  Well, trust me when I say there are hardly any.  We are doing Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan tutte by Mozart, which is like the ONLY one.

The other soprano and I are also learning a duet from The Marriage of Figaro.  But that's easy because I've done it a hundred times, it's just learning to sing it in English now instead of Italian.  Which makes sense, since the kids in our area don't speak much Italian.  Now if it were in Finnish, that would definitely be another story, but it isn't, so English it is.

Mozart's no Gilbert & Sullivan, but the pieces we're learning are short, easy, and familiar.  But, I'm also having to learn...

3.  ...Strauss.

As in Johann.  (Not Richard.)

So muss allein ich bleiben from Die Fledermaus.  It's another trio, though for a tenor and two sopranos.  Our baritone is just modifying it a tiny bit since there's not much else to do in the way of trios for the three of us.  I did this particular trio back in college, so I do know it.  But the English is eluding me a bit...I really remember the German quite well apparently.  Also, I can no longer sing a high C beautifully (darn thyroid!).  But the other soprano can, so we worked out a little switch at the end (don't tell Johann!).

Which still leaves...

2.  ...Vaughn Williams.

I am the soprano soloist for the final choir/orchestra concert at the university in April.  We're doing Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughn Williams.  It's a lovely piece, but I am not familiar with it at all. (Well, I am now, because I am practicing it all the time!)

Lots of practice with this one!  Pray for me!

And finally, the  number one reason I haven't blogged in ten days...

1.  ...Puccini.

Puccini's operas are my favorite operas, and while I really wish I were learning Mimi's aria or some other wonderful Puccini piece, I'm not.  Unfortunately, I have no Puccini to perform any time soon.

So why is Puccini the number one reason I haven't been around?

Puccini is our new puppy!  And she's keeping me incredibly busy.
IMG_3428 Puccini web

If I'm not practicing, I'm more than likely standing out in the backyard waiting for Puccini to go potty.  And I know I said I wouldn't blog about the S-Word again, but it's all melting due to our wonderfully warm weather right now, and house training is incredibly muddy!

She's a great dog, and hopefully I'll get a chance to tell more about how we surprised the girls with her, but for now, here's a couple more pictures.

You have to admit, she's pretty darn adorable!
IMG_3431 Puccini webIMG_3434 Puccini web
And we love her a whole lot.

Have a great weekend!

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I wonder if we had a dog, what kind of name it would get from MY job?
    Good ol' Uterus... :)

  2. I have been waiting for pictures. :) She is adorable!!!

  3. She is so freaking cute. And you take fabulous pictures, BTW.

    Congrats (and condolences) on the many obligations. Although, I must admit that I'm slightly jealous of your amazing talent.

  4. Puccini is so cute! I love the name. We have loved having a dog. Even if he is slightly special needs.

  5. I love Die Fledermaus. I vote you post clips of the performances:)

    Classic that you named your dog Puccini!

  6. Puppies are definately alot of work. But she is dang cute!!

  7. Oh my gosh she is SO stinkin cute!! She looks like a stuffed animal!