Some reflections ( a year late) on NATS 2016

I am having the best summer. The weather is perfect, I’m teaching at home, I closed a show in May (Little Women, as both Marmee and director, debut for both), wrote and put on a cabaret show in less than 4 weeks after that, and am getting into the best physical shape I’ve been in since I moved out here in 2013. I’m picking up church gigs and so far haven’t had to tap into my summer fund, which is usually how I live through the summer.

And last year I had a good summer, as well, but I didn’t write anything about it. I tweeted things that caught my fancy, particularly at the NATS2016 conference in Chicago, but I didn’t really say anything about how this affected me.

So, from last year’s FB posts/tweets, showing up in my On This Day on Facebook:

  • “Share who you are. It’s not enough to just stand and sing well.” -Renée Fleming #NATSinChicago.
    This is all about vulnerability. It is not enough to sing pretty. Lots of people sing pretty. It’s about being brave enough to share yourself with people, people who might not like you or what you have to say. The singer who goes to the next level is vulnerable. And vulnerability is not weakness (there’s a previous entry on this).
  • “We don’t have an art form if we don’t have new works. We don’t have a relevant art form. We have a historical art form” @reneesmusings #NATSinChicago

    Opera – or ballet, or theater – is not stagnant. It is not enough to perform the same piece over and over as a museum piece. It must evolve. There must be new works. And when there are old works, they must be looked at with new eyes. That doesn’t necessarily mean they should be updated or turned on their heads. I saw Midsummer Night’s Dream last night at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. Excellent production, relatively traditional – but it was done with such a fresh spin that I got things out of it that I haven’t gotten before. Lines that I’d not noticed before were especially funny or touching.

  • W. Stephen Smith on the importance of double consonants in Italian: “if you say ‘quindici anni,’ you’re saying 15 years. If you say ‘quindici ani,’ you’re saying 15 assholes.” #VeryDifferent #NATSinChicago

    Pay attention!! Details matter!! (And I think we’ve all met at least quindici ani in our lives by this point, haven’t we?)

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