Singing Outside the Box (is that a good title?)

As a classically trained singer, I have been trained in the International Phonetic Alphabet so that I can sing in a myriad of other languages, some of which were required of me academically, others contractually, and some just because I wanted to. I have sung in

  1. Italian – multiple operas, art songs, etc.
  2. French – same
  3. German – lieder, operas
  4. Chinese – The Savage Land, Washington Opera (all I remember is a phrase that meant “go to hell through 18 layers of soil)
  5. Russian (although NOT as a soloist) – operas, ballet chorus, choral music
  6. Hebrew 
  7. Latin
  8. Ladino – kind of a Hebrew/Spanish
  9. Estonian – mother’s native language
  10. Slovenian – father’s native language
There may be other languages in which I’ve sung that I don’t recall. But I’ve never sung solo repertoire in Spanish, Portuguese, or Russian. The latter is because of my parents’ virulent anti-Communist bent, where I was discouraged from doing anything even remotely Russian. My father asked me if I was a Communist because I wanted a red plaid jumper. My response was that I was only 6.
My plan is that I am going to prepare a recital of repertoire in languages in which I have not sung. I’m thinking either Spanish or Portuguese, Russian, and … Irish Gaelic. I have three poems in Irish Gaelic that I have had for years. I need to commission a composer to set them (currently working on getting pronunciation recorded by a native Irish speaker – surprisingly (or not) not an easy task). I thought I had someone lined up but she hasn’t seen fit to respond to my emails, so I need to move on to someone who is actually interested in the project.
I’m not sure what to call this program – right now it’s Outside the Box, but that’s not resonating with me at this point.

Published by Mezzoid Voice Studio

Christine Thomas-O'Meally, a mezzo soprano and voice teacher currently based in the Baltimore-DC area, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination. Ms. Thomas-O'Meally received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.

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