Frankly what Ferrando and Guglielmo did was pretty terrible and I wouldn’t have married them, but Dorabella and Fiordiligi weren’t perfect either. 

So I wanted to reflect both Ferrando and Guglielmo’s deception and the fact that literally after a day the two sisters were trying to marry the “albanians”, in a more sort of design way.

If you do music or theater, please read, even though its kinda long.

Let me tell you a thing, my dear followers.

I have had many tumblr accounts. I usually get them and I’ll be on them for a while, but then I usually forget about them or the password and just make a new one.

This blog is the longest running blog I’ve ever had. And I began to wonder why that is.

Today, while browsing through a musical tag, I saw a post about a girl who had upcoming auditions, but just wasn’t believing in herself. I decided to drop by her ask, and tell her to break a leg, and just be confident in herself. And that’s when I realized.

I LOVE encouraging others to pursue their dreams. Especially when it comes to performing arts. Because I’m there. With you. Watching every musical, studying every soundtrack, researching current broadway stars, reading books. I have the same dream, and a lot of us don’t get encouragement from the outside world. They tell us our dreams are “unreachable” and a “one-in-a-million chance.’ And it gets us down. We begin to doubt ourselves and our career choices. My blog, for the most part, is dedicated to broadway and musical theater. I have that dream, and I know if the rest of you want this dream as bad as I do, it’s hard, and sometimes we need encouragement. 

My BIGGEST motivation for not giving up on MY dream is my followers. And even people who don’t follow me that pursue this career. When I see the rest of you posting about rehearsals, auditions, getting you’re dream lead role, it inspires me to be that much better and achieve my own dreams. You guys keep me going and keep me accountable so that I don’t give up on my dream.

Let me tell y'all a bit about myself. I am a VERY small town girl from Arkansas. I’ve been humming tunes before I could talk. When my mom was pregnant with me, she worked for the Baldwin piano company, tuning pianos, so I naturally have a pretty good ear. I was always involved in church performances when I was little, and I always loved music class. I did elementary music with everyone else in school. In 9th grade I joined choir (you couldn’t do band and choir until then). It was my first year in choir and I made all-region. A lot of the kids who had been in choir for a while HATED me for it. I continued choir into high school. I didn’t try out for all region in 10th grade (cause I was dumb), but in 11th and 12th grade I made both all region AND all state choir. Not only that, but those two years I also made all region AND all state band. In high school, band was my niche. I liked choir, but I wanted to be a band director. When in high school, I was also involved in the drama club. My sophomore year we did a show called "The Curious Savage.” I didn’t get a part. I was one of the few people who didn’t. But I did crew, I came to all the rehearsals. Then one day one of the seniors stopped showing up to rehearsals. The director came up to me and gave me the part, because I was so dedicated and never missed a rehearsal. It wasn’t a huge part, but I appreciated it. My junior year, the director decided we would do Rogers and Hammerstiens “Cinderella.” There was this girl in drama club, blonde, that said she was going to be an actress one day, and she KNEW she was going to get the part of Cinderella because she was blonde. The girl was a great actress, but her voice was kinda puny. I knew I wasn’t going to get the part, but I auditioned for Cinderella anyways, and the stepsisters. I sang “Memory” from Cats. When the cast list came out, I couldn’t believe it. I was Cinderella. I was so excited. It was such a great experience.

Now moving on to college. I entered college as a Music Education major with emphasis in both flute and voice. As a freshman, I made the top choir, and I was also involved in Music Theater Workshop. Long story short, I lost my passion for the flute, and I switched to strictly Vocal performance. I have always been good at the flute, but I never improved. No matter how much I practiced. But my voice, my voice grew immensely. Fall Freshman we did Little Red Riding Hood-the opera. I was on crew because I was a freshman and we never get parts our first semesters. In the Spring, we did Oklahoma!. Laurie is my DREAM role. However, unfortunately, our director is one of those people that, when he has his “star”, there’s no getting a part over them. But she had every right. She was beautiful, and had a voice like an angel. Obviously, she got the role of Laurie. I got cast as Gertie Cummings. I was the only freshman with an actual part. Fall of my Sophomore year, we did The Medium and The Four Note Opera. I got the soprano role in The Four Note Opera, but I had to drop out of it because of some personal issues I was dealing with at the time. Spring of Sophomore, we did “The 1940’s Radio Hour” in which I was just chorus. However, the week before production, the same girl, “his star,” went MIA. He split her part between me and another girl. I had to learn a song in pig latin in 10 minutes before rehearsal, by memory, because it was dress rehearsals. I did it. And I did it good. That was the year she graduated. Fall of my Junior year we did an opera called Gallantry. My high school choir teacher went to the same college as I did, and she played the lead role of Lola in Gallantry, so I was gunning for the role. And I Got It. I was so excited. The next semester we just did a showcase thing. I sang Nellie’s solo in Wash That Man Outta My Hair from “South Pacific.” This past semester (my last semester) we did two operas. “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Lukas Foss and Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte”. I got to play Fiordiligi in Cosi and the ONLY female role in The Jumping Frog.

I know this is long and you’ve probably stopped reading by now, but if you’re still reading, I appreciate it. The moral of this post, is that I started off as a NOBODY, and even though I’m still a nobody in the professional world (I just graduated) I haven’t given up, and I HAVE made progress. 

I just want all of you pursuing a career in performance, whether its theater, vocal, classical, instrumental, jazz, or ANYTHING, that I believe in you. I don’t want you to give up on your dreams. Giving up is the only way you will lose. This is my message of encouragement. I love you all. Keep posting your success stories. Keep motivating others. Keep doing what you LOVE no matter what.

<3 Hayley

“The soprano Susanna Phillips had what could be a breakthrough night at the Met as Fiordiligi… She has the purity and bloom of a Mozart lyric soprano. Yet her voice can lift phrases with penetrating sound and deep richness. She was especially exquisite in the poignant aria ‘Per Pietà,’ (Have pity), when Fiordiligi shamefully realizes that she is weakening to romantic entreaties of a stranger who is actually her sister’s disguised lover.”

The New York Times has a rave for soprano Susanna Phillips in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Così fan tutte. 

Photo: Marty Sohl


Come scoglio

from the 2009 Salzburg production of Cosi fan tutte;
Miah Persson (Fiordiligi)

Come scoglio
immoto resta 
contro i venti e la tempesta, 
cosi ognor quest'alma é forte 
nella fede e nell'amor. 
Con noi nacque quella face
che ci piace e ci consola. 
E potrà la morte sola 
far che cangi 
affetto il cor. 
Rispettate, anime ingrate, 
questo esempio di costanza,
e una barbara speranza 
non vi renda audaci ancor!