Tales from the Pit: Wagner Week

July 24, 2017

Oh my Gotterdammerung! This week was Wagner Week, and was one of the most musically fulfilling weeks of my life (so far). Ever since I was in middle school, I have dreamed of playing the Ring Cycle, so performing my second all Wagner concert was something I've been looking forward to for quite some time. Although we didn't perform an entire Wagner opera, our concert consisted of excerpts from Gotterdammerung, Lohengrin, Das Rheingold and Die Walkure starring the talented singers from the Miami Wagner institute and the amazing Christine Brewer and Alan Held.  

 

The Wagner concert took place in the Knight Concert Hall at the beautiful Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. In previous years, MMF has performed at least one concert at New World Center, so I was looking forward to performing in a new concert hall. Take a peek backstage below:

 I love the feeling of walking onstage in a new concert hall for the first time, and this experience did not disappoint! 

 Friday night was our dress rehearsal, and our first time playing at the Arsht Center. The rehearsal break was spent taking A LOT of photos on stage!

 "I write music with an exclamation point!" is one of my favorite quotes by Richard Wagner, and something I kept in mind during Saturday's performance. Performing Wagner is such a thrill, and quite the workout (I'm looking at you, last eight pages of Die Walkure Act 3)! 

 

Tomorrow kicks off the last week of the Miami Music Festival, and we get to work bright and early at 9:00 am for a tech rehearsal of Dead Man Walking! Stay tuned for updates and my final blog posts in my opera orchestra series as we wrap up MMF 2017 with performances of Dead Man Walking and Le Nozze di Figaro!

 

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