Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The “Grind”

I love my job.

It was so great to be back, seeing even more of my friends and getting right back to our fun times in rehearsal. The orchestra was wonderful, of course, and KW and I regularly turned to each other to marvel at Mozart’s genius. There are some really incredible passages in this opera, and some gorgeous singing in this production. Being back was motivating and inspiring, and I've had a great day working on Figaro texts and getting my aria book into shape.

And when I got home yesterday? Good news from the management: the Met has added two more assignments! They are both small, basically one-liners, and one is a cover (French Actress in War and Peace), but one is to sing (Crowned Child Apparition in Macbeth). Yay! And Macbeth is one of the productions being simulcast this year. So back to the movies we go!

Apartment hunting this afternoon, and a bit of bluegrass tonight. Back in the saddle…

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please apologize if this seems rude...! But you mentioned receiving a raise. I'm quite curious if you could share a general ballpark idea of what a singer at your current level with the Met company makes annually? Just one of those questions you want to know, but feel odd asking. Cheers!

SBF said...

That is f'in awesome.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I hope she ignores your question, but my answer would be more than a deck of cards and less than a Mercedes.

ACB said...

I wasn't even sure I should mention it, and as I think about it, it seems a little tacky, so I'm going to edit the post. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Sorry - didn't mean to offend with the pay question. As a student studying voice, it's such a grey area that is never spoken about. I guess a more appropriate question might be: does one survive reasonably in NYC as a singer at your current level of employment. Again, no offense intended. Keep up the great blog.

ACB said...

No worries! I'm not offended, and I only edited the post 'cuz I felt like I'd crossed a line in my writing.

To answer your more general question: yes, I survive quite well as a full-time singer. There are people who make more, sure, but there are also lots of singers who do temp work or other office jobs to make ends meet between gigs. I've been very lucky not to have to do that.

Luca said...

My favourite opera ever. Incredible passages, yes, and very good libretto too (being italian i can appreciate the smallest shades).

The second act with all those incredibly complex duets, trios, choruses! And then the final scene starting from "Pian pianin le andrò più presso"!

Kevin said...

See your observations of Seattle's Macbeth last year paid off!

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