Had a blast at Hunters Point today! As I’ve just calculated, I sang 21 “on demand” operatic arias over seven hours of the Open Studios. People wondered in and out into our building, some didn’t notice a character in a red dress, some thought it was a mannequin, and some actually dared to ask for an aria. I was able to fulfil most requests including “This is Prophetic” from Nixon in China. Glad to meet all sorts of people and chat with them on my favorite subject. One person asked for lieder and left disappointed, as I sing them with live piano so did not have any backing tracks. Something to think about for next time!
Got lots of appreciation for the singing and the costume. I thought it might be a bit over the top but nothing is over the top in opera!