The first concert of the summer program was last night, and I sang one of my favourite arias in front of an audience for the first time. The energy in the hall as I was finishing the piece, combined with my pianist’s beautiful playing, was so potent that I couldn’t keep it together at the very end. Luckily my friend who recorded this stopped recording before that happened, but it was an experience I will never forget. I wasn’t perfect because the emotions of the music and the reciprocating energy overpowered me, but I do think it was perfect in the moment.
I’ll have to delete this because I’m not sure if we’re allowed to post things on our own, but I really wanted to share this moment because while I’m embarrassed I couldn’t hold the tears until I was backstage, it touched a genuine part of myself that I hope to hone more in the future.