I know I haven’t been blogging the past few days on here, but that’s because we have been busy from break of dawn until late at night. We have been packed with days of music, touring, museums, singing, observing rehearsals, eating great food and walking. A lot of walking.
On Wednesday we finally did some shoe shopping and each of us bought great shoes! That was exciting. Then we sat in on an opera workshop class- the students sang all of their arias back to back and afterwards gave constructive criticism. It was good to observe that and see a student-professor collaboration. We then had more coachings with Jonathan Kenny. He is a pleasure to work with, very energetic, good sense of humor and intuitive to Handel.
After a day of singing, we ran home to get changed for the evening concert. This was a great concert, in a very ROYAL way. We had exclusive tickets to attend a ceremony in which HRH (his royal highness) Prince Charles was attending! The security all day was intense- dogs sniffing bombs, policemen everywhere and everyone in an excited mood to see the Prince. When he walked through the door in the ceremony, he walked right by us! I took a really good picture and he literally was 3 feet from where we were standing. It was a great moment for us no doubt. The concert was great! After presenting all of the awards the concert music began and it was very entertaining.
After the ceremony, we went home and I got to relax with my parents and grandparents who are here visiting. It was a long day and we were exhausted but so excited from all of our experiences thus far!
We are now running to catch breakfast before our rehearsal with Lawrence Cummings, so I will post later today about Thursday and Friday. Needless to say, this trip has been life-changing for us, and we do not want this trip to end.
More to come…