It’s about 3:30 in the morning as I write this, and I Puritani is over.
I wish I had some audio or video to post, but as this was an actual For Real production with union rules etc., I don’t. You will just have to take my word for it that I was fantastic.*
As I’m very tired and want to get back to bed soon (I woke up a little while ago, still very tired but also very hungry, so I’ve just had some leftover Thai food) here is a brief list of what I’ve learned from this experience:
– I can actually really sing this stuff.
– I actually really LIKE singing this stuff.
– Little old ladies LOVE me.
– But not as much as they love tenors.
– You can, in fact, lose two nights of sleep because an entire opera is running through your head.
– But you can salvage the second one by taking Gravol at 3 AM.
– Arturo is much, much too nice to Elvira at the end.
– If in the course of a long aria/section/ensemble/whatever you don’t take deep enough breaths, or you take too many breaths and don’t let your lungs fully empty, you will feel quite dizzy at the end of it.
– I am apparently a very believable crazy person.
– Which is probably for the best, because if you’re playing a crazy person and you accidentally make yourself light-headed, someone else will lead you off stage at the end just as part of the blocking, so you don’t have to worry about fainting.
Anyway. This was fun. I think I’ll do it again.
*And so was the rest of the cast.