Something special happened today.

Mid-afternoon, I had my voice lesson. While singing the Presentation of the Rose in Strauss’ Rosenkavalier, I totally lost hold of everything that I normally try to control or hold onto – my breath, the positioning of my body, my tone (and especially my vibrato), and most importantly, my emotions.

This is some of the most beautiful music ever written, and the amount of release that is absolutely required of the singer to even sing the notes is something that most people would not be comfortable with. I had a feeling of wanting to burst into tears, but also the most amazing sense of calm. Everything was working without me making it happen – my body really does know how to sing. As Michael said at my coaching this morning, ‘All you should really need to do is just stand there and feel, and vibrate.’ And for the first time in my life, that is exactly what I did.

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