Saturday, January 12, 2008

Multi-tasking

Generally I’m a “one thing at a time and the most important thing first” kind of gal, but this weekend (and next, likely) requires some special time management. So, here are some things I can to to “study” while watching Green Bay and the Pats and Indy and the Giants win their games this weekend:

* White out the terrible English translation in my new role score. Using the cool white-out tape pens, this is tedious but ultimately gives me room to write in my own literal translation, aided by Mr. Castel, of course. (Another role hint, as requested: the role is one of a handful that are sung by sopranos and mezzo-sopranos, depending on the casting preferences of the directors.)

* Mark my lines in said score. I’m not a fan of highlighting for a couple of reasons. One: the color is garish, and two: it encourages an overly focused view of the score. There’s much more going on at any one time than just my line… So I use a colored pencil to mark the start of a stave in which I have to sing, making a little upside-down L brackety thing. (Maybe a picture is called for here…) I find this especially helpful on busy recit pages where every characters’ texts are all together on one line, following after each other, just like text in a book. On these pages, I give each character his own color and bracket the start of everyone’s line. Some of the Figaro pages are quite colorful!

* Format the libretto of said opera (I’m starting to feel like Coloraturaaah with all this intrique!) for my hands-on translation documents. I started all this work for Susanna six months ago, maybe seven. I’ve got two for this one… Thankfully I’ve developed study skills and practices this year!

* Update my bio and the Bhakti Project profiles for Fractured Atlas, the Facebook group, and the NAR page.

* Blog a bit… oh, wait, that’s not working. That’s procrastinating...

4 comments:

Josiah said...

I'm calling it... Rosina?

Anonymous said...

Yep, it is Rosina. She drops too many easy hints and knows it. And it's in the middle of the country in a state that is the center of longing in a musical by a very classically oriented composer.

Scatterbrained Seal said...

We're starting rehearsals for Traviata this week, and I'm definitely going to use your white-out tape pen/line-marking techniques when I find out what role I'm singing. Look for an e-mail from me later today. :)

ACB said...

Of course I give easy hints! If I really didn't want you all to know, I wouldn't talk about it at all. :)

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