Seize the day (the hour, the minute, the second – just grab it)

I only have 4 weeks left of summer break before school starts. In that time, I have quite a few projects that I want to finish, all of which I’ve enumerated in previous posts. There’s not much time left.

And it makes me think of the passing of time and things I won’t ever get the chance to do, after all. Which is a bit disheartening. It was one of the reasons I moved – I wasn’t performing in Milwaukee, and I knew that my shelf life as an artist was, at that point, limited. La voce is still holding out, and quite well, thankyouverymuch, but the logistics are that there are others coming up and perhaps it’s their turn. I had my turn. Maybe I should have made more of it. Maybe it just was what it had to be at the time.
When I was in my mid-30s, I played the Queen of the Fairies in G&S’ Iolanthe. Now I look at that role as one that should be played by someone older. Like, perhaps, oh, I don’t know – ME. Again. I played Katisha at that age, too. I can still play those roles. I won’t be playing Pitti-Sing again, or Lady Angela, but I can still play Ruth.
I won’t be singing Dorabella or Rosina, but there are other supporting/character roles I can still do. Marcellina. Berta. Baba. Mum. Florence. Mother Abbess. Mother Superior. 
Someone spoke disparagingly of me recently to another colleague, saying that I cast myself as Marmee “out of ego.” Well, Maureen McGovern was about the same age as I am when she created the role and when she did the national tour, so I wasn’t too old for that, but I will be shortly. And besides, I sang the hell out of it and I wanted to do it. And I got great reviews for it. (And so did the person who spoke disparagingly of me, in the role in which I cast her. But that’s another story.) I can play Aunt March for another 20 years. There’s time for that. 
In the song, “Unchained melody,” the lyric goes:
“Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much”
I submit that time goes by so quickly – and we must make much of the time that we have. 
“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying
And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying.”

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.

One thought on “Seize the day (the hour, the minute, the second – just grab it)

  1. Reblogged this on Why I sing and commented:

    Last night I sang Fräulein Schneider in a (non-professional/private) reading of CABARET. It’s a tad on the low side, but, there’s a role I can do for another, oh, I don’t know, 15 years or so? Again, I say, “Carpe diem.”

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