Resident Artist

by Aaron Blake

Greetings from Dallas Opera’s Resident Artist to all the loyal patrons and fans.  This is my first blog entry I’ve ever attempted in my life, and I’m looking forward to giving you a birds-eye view of what it’s like to be a Resident Artist at the Dallas Opera.  This past week has been really exciting for me as I prepare to make my debut with the company this evening as Hervey in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.  Preparing this production has been a lot of fun combined with a lot of hard work.  Working with a truly world class cast of colleagues has been a wonderful experience.  Each member of the cast has imparted words of wisdom to me regarding my career and how to develop it properly with solid foundation.  I’m so grateful to all of them for sharing because it really makes the daunting world of opera a little less so, when you realize that even the biggest stars were once in my very shoes.  My work here as the resident artist is never finished.

My job, is to continue and grow, challenge myself and improve my artistry on a seemingly daily basis. And, that’s what I do!  In conjunction with making my Company Debut this week I have also had rehearsals for the upcoming Family Concert at NorthPark Mall, Italian Conversation Lessons, Coachings for upcoming engagements, and two auditions for Major American Opera Companies.  That’s of course all in my spare time when I’m not in rehearsal for Anna Bolena.  I’m actually thrilled to be so busy, because it stimulates my creativity and helps me to make take grater strides towards my goal.  Back to Anna Bolena.  The show tonight promises to be a divine piece of drama, with equally compellingly executed music both from the pit with Maestro Jenkins at the Helm to the beautiful singing you’ll be witness to on stage.

That’s all for now.  Stay tuned for the next episode of “Resident Artist- A day in the life” and enjoy the show.

See you in a bit.

Aaron

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