Lesson, Staging, and Pharmacy: June 3rd


11:00-13:00 Suor Angelica sing through

I had to present for the first hour before leaving for my lesson with Silvia. The sing through wa helpful, since I was covering and needed to adjust to the conductor’s tempi.


13:00-14:00 Lesson with Silvia

Ended up taking the subway lines and the tram to Silvia’s house for our lesson. I arrived early and stopped by a French cafe called “Creme de la Creme”. I ordered a freshly squeezed orange juice! 🙂

After the orange juice, I headed up to her apartment and we started the lesson. Since my year off, it’s been quite a while since I’ve had a lesson with a new teacher. My lessons that I had in October and March in Tallahassee were with teachers I was already familiar with…not someone knew. I forgot this strange feeling of trying to be open-minded, and yet hesitant to take any bad habits or something that might possibly hurt one’s technique.


We worked on some exercises to get the voice into a masky resonance area. I was starting to feel a bit of the cold that Gabrielle had, so I had to concentrate more than usual. We ended up talking about my mouth positions and my approach to head voice. All the things I am currently working on!


After running through “Caro Nome” again with her several times, she clarified certain topics that I am currently working on. It was incredibly helpful and I hope I can work on this before going to Ohio State this fall with my new teacher!


14:00-16:30 Don Giovanni Staging

I was going to be late for staging anyways, since I was on the east side of town. We staged the first few scenes of Zerlina’s entrances with Masetto. We didn’t get as far as we would have liked, but we would be able to watch other casts to get the staging.

After the staging rehearsal, Jubin and I got Vietnamese food. I had a delicious rice noodle bowl with fresh veggies and veggie spring rolls. I wanted to go to the pharmacy to try and get some medicine for this oncoming cold. Unfortunately, most stores were closing early, due to the weekend. SUnday, most buildings are closed and Monday is a religious holiday.

I had to find a 24 hour pharmacy closeby. Jubin found the location of one I could go to after our rehearsal.


18:00-20:00 Don Giovanni Staging with another cast

I went to the rehearsal, but asked if I could leave early to go to the pharmacy. I went to the location Jubin mentioned at Kennenbruckengasse, but they pharmacy was closed.

I found another one at another station off of another subway line. I got to the station, and tried walking around. This pharmacy must be in a secret hiding spot because I couldn’t find it for 30 minutes! It was closing at 8pm, and I was still searching for it at 7:59.

I decided to call Mike and ask him to look for some 24 hour ones. He found one not far from our hotel. Apparently, all you have to do is ring a bell and someone will give you what you need through a little window.

I got my medicine, drank some tea, and went straight to sleep.


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