Open my heart and you will see, Engraved inside of it - Italy.
I was enchanted even before we the plane touched down, the beautiful lights of the houses, mixed with fields and mountains in the distance mixing with twilight. My heart was pounding as the Italian voices were heard over the loud speaker,
After two weeks in Florence and the place is impossible to get out of my head. My favourite spot to sit was at the Ponte Santa Trinita looking at the Ponte Vecchio, watching the sunset and listening to the romantic pattern of the Italian language as people pass by, I still could not believe how lucky I am to be in this amazing place.
"You may have the universe, if I may have Italy." Giuseppe Verdi
Below is a view from the Ponte Santa Trinita, which looks over the Ponte Vecchio. Everyday I had to walk to my Italian language classes and look at this amazing place.
Silken arias and fragile butterfly wings float on the waters of Sydney Harbour
Chuck Hudson is a renowned opera and theatre director based in NYC. Known for creating fresh characterisation, working in theatre, musicals and opera in the greatest theatres and across the world....and, Pacific Opera were lucky enough to have him come to visit to give the eagerly waiting students a masterclass. For an acting class, we had strict instructions - trainers and clothes you can move freely in, no jeans or skirts.
After a warm up concentrated on coordination (something that doesn't run in my family, he started by enlightening the Pacific Opera artists with his physco-physical analysis of the dramatic arts.
What looks like "chair ballet" (below) is actually part of the exercise that addresses the five movements of pure thought technique allows a connection of the body to intentions or emotions, all in the effort to give life to performance. It was through the isolation of each body group (the head, the chest, the hips, and the limbs) that we created a random series of movements in sequence that caused us naturally to make up our own stories in our head that related to the emotions created by each movement. It was eye opening to have something you subconsciously know and do everyday in real life and theatre explained so simply and logically, it was like the turning of a key in my acting life.
So this list includes some of the greatest singers and performers that I love to follow and listen to. The list is based not only on their vocal skills, but also artistry, performance and inspiring drive and personalities.
Please take the time to have a listen, the videos are pure gold!