Thursday, May 09, 2013
Last Sunday, I sang a "home-made" recital.
By "home-made" I mean that I imagined it - planed it - executed the plan - and am evaluating the results at the moment.
Two pianists accompanied me but did not do any work. And nope... we are not dwarfs... The guy is over 2 meters tall!
I am a singer with too few singing opportunities trying to make my own opportunities - because I love to sing and don't want to "just" be a teacher. I am the opposite of a business man or a sales person. I am an artist, but I want to learn some of there tools! I will be a "Self Made Woman."
On the Program there were two song cycles that each portrayed the life of a woman. The first one was "Frauenliebe und -leben" by Robert Schumann that represents a woman's life from the 1840s and the second one was an American song cycle "From The Diary of Virginia Woolf" by Dominick Argento. The last one was composed in 1974 on words taken from the diary entries of Virginia Woolf.
It was the Belgian premier of the American cycle and I really tried hard to promote my recital. I managed to get a news paper article out before the event with a picture of me. We had prepared everything and 10 minutes before the recital I was still adding chairs into the room. We had 70 audience members - some of them from the music scene and a critic. The critic has not yet appeared in the news paper. My guess is that it will come out tomorrow. The entrance was free and we collected donations at the end of the recital to cover the costs - we got 250euros (about 330 dollars).
I personally am satisfied with the recital. I sang well (especially seeing the fact that 5 minutes before the recital I was still carrying chairs for additional audience members). It is much more difficult to be focused when you are responsible for the smooth course of the concert. This part was done well. The advertisement went well. The flyer and co. were nice. People were verbally happy and satisfied with what they got. They donated about 5$ per person. This part did not go so well because the donations did not covered the costs of the recital.
I live in a rural area where people are not used to classical music recitals. It will take time for me to bring the audience to accept what I am doing and understand the investment behind it.
My next step will be to prepare a concert portfolio in German and French to sent it out to official festivals and co... maybe I can "sell" the recital to somebody. It is great music and I think we really presented it decently.
On a personal note. I was very happy that my family attended the concert. Especially my mom - who is sick - she enjoyed herself too.
I will post some clips of the concert in the following days as I edit the recording made by my father.
I wish you all a good day