Tuesday, May 6, 2014


It’s getting closer and closer to my final performance at Stockholm Operastudio. It’s exciting to see everything come into place as well as feeling far from ready. I don't feel completely finished with learning the music. I have so many difficult rhythms, but I know that's just part of the process. I perform better when I’m in character and when I know where to stand, walk and lay. There’s a lot of laying. Most of it takes place on a bed. 

Today I got up too early to go meet my teachers at the costume rental place in Stockholm. It turned out to be candy land! There were so many fun clothes everywhere! A great way to start the day.  We found the perfect costume, a beautiful night gown with an even more beautiful robe. It’s gonna be some sexy-time on that stage, I tell yuh! I also have a gown that I’ll change into that I've ordered online. I can’t wait to see it! (Let’s hope it fits!)

We are at the theater now, it's such a beautiful set. It's going to look amazing when we get the lighting in place. I keep forgetting to take pictures. I will post some in the next post!

Heres a little information of how we do it at Stockholm Operastudio:

Each performance consists of two abridged versions of the operas. Xerxes will begin at 7 pm and after a short break be followed by The Coronation of Poppaea which features elements of Pelleas & Melisande.

 Our libretto is slightly different from the original since we are weaving it together with Pelleas & Melisande. The Pelleas scenes will be Nero in the past, young and in love with his true love, Melisande. Where as Nero and I are in the present where I am more a tool and somewhat a pleasure that, when and if given the throne, will rule Rome as Nero is much too incapable of doing so by himself. We will not be using an actual physical crown as the crown is more a metaphor for Poppeas desire for power. And in the end...well, you have to come and see it!!!!  

Fun fact:
According to Cassius Dio, Poppaea enjoyed having milk baths. She would have them daily, because she was once told "therein lurked a magic which would dispel all diseases and blights from her beauty."

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