Singing in the time of the virus
Singing in the time of the virus

Singing in the time of the virus

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The past three months have been ongoing challenges, albeit severe, for the country’s most important period of time.

Arthur Espirito finished off the remaining German participations of Lucia de Lammeror at the Leipzig Opera, and Roberto of Leicester sang at Maria Stuarda in Donizetti with the Irish National Opera in Ireland.

Arthur Espirito as Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliet in Varna with Juliet, Elena Mihailova. Rossin Donnie’s photo.

His crowning moment was his unforgettable debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and a remake of Gonaud’s Romeo and Juliet with the Varna State Opera Summer Festival in Bulgaria.

He found Varna a beautiful coastal city located on the Black Sea. It is very close to Istanbul in Turkey. “The people and my fellow artists were very kind and very welcoming. People feel more comfortable enjoying their life and spending time at the beach, going out to eat, meeting other great new friends. I had a great time with the audience. They are so welcoming, warm and honest people. It’s a great place to spend your vacation.” Also for singing and having fun. The singers are amazing and talented. The people there have a lot of hope and a certain sense of calm in them. He made me feel relaxed all the time without any stress.”

Singing during the resurgence of the virus is still going through difficult moments. If the singer gets it, it’s goodbye to letters. This is the plain truth. But recently, people have learned how to live with it. With vaccines and declining numbers in hospitalizations and deaths from the virus, people are becoming more optimistic. There is no other way than to face him head on and treat him as he is. I have been asked to participate in several products because some people have tested positive and had to cancel.”

He’s learned to cope even if it means staying home all the time. “I wear a mask indoors unless I know the people I work with have been tested. I test myself every time I go to workouts and wear a mask during workouts.”

Tenor Arthur Espirito during a curtain call at his debut at the Concergebouw in Amsterdam. From the post of FB by Arthur Espirito.

To be sure, every country has different rules and regulations that it tries to adhere to to maintain its performance. “I am still very afraid because the probability is very high. Working with orchestras, choirs, directors, staff, stage hands, hair, makeup and various directors within the same building is very scary. Sometimes I receive emails and phone calls that someone in the building has tested positive and has to be replaced by someone else. I was hoping it wasn’t you but you have to be prepared for this inevitability. You put yourself at risk every time you go out. I have no other choice but to do it. It’s my livelihood.”

Meanwhile, his voice went through several transitions. “I’ve been lucky to have been able to switch from Bel canto to verismo to heroic romantic singing styles. When you sing, you have to maintain a specific vocal brilliance and stamina. You have to make sure that you can do all sorts of coloring, drafting styles, and variety on the different vocal records. And of course having confidence in your voice with great confidence.With verismo you have to make sure that you are healthy and involved all the time in your feelings.You have to stay in character and have enough strength assigned to the strong parts of the score.Helps in singing.Romantic style requires that you be more comfortable in Limitations of composition.You have to stay true to the score and don’t veer and improvise (some improvisation can be allowed).I have to remember my formal training much more and have experience performing these different styles, I can navigate my voice through these different roles whether it’s Bel Canto roles or versmo or romantic/heroic roles.Being able to go into different styles of singing makes me feel so lucky to have been able to do it.Can sometimes bypass the conventions of trying to limit yourself to staying in one sound rating.As long as You keep singing these different roles in your own voice.”

But the big reward is working with excellent leaders with different ideas that have worked.

He had Antonino Fogliani in Lucia and Svetoslav Borisov in Romeo and Juliet.

She recalls the idea: “They were both very talented and had different approaches during production. Same with Fergus Schell in Maria Stuarda’s Race. Lucia di Lammermoor’s acting by Catherina Thallbach was very interesting. She stuck to the schedule and managed to instill a good flowing drama. As it is The case with any Donizetti opera, sometimes it is very difficult to organize all the moments of the concert and to put away the individual monologues that occur at the same time. ”

Among the leading ladies, he chose Tara Iraut as Maria Stuarda as one of the most interesting. “She’s pretty sure of what she’s doing and has a pretty good idea of ​​where she wants to go as an actress besides being a super talented and versatile singer. Often sung by sopranos, her musical voice sounded much better with orchestra without the high notes sung by the likes of Joan Sutherland, Gruberova and Divya.”

Arthur Espirito enjoys moments with his wife Christina and children in Manila. From Arthur Espirito’s Facebook post.

For now, it’s family time until October. “Besides studying for upcoming engagements, I am now trying to make up for lost time with my family. Children are special. They will of course ask, ‘Why do you have to leave all the time?’ And my heart skips a beat. There really isn’t any magic pill that makes them forget the times they lived without you.” All you wish is for you to be with them when time permits. My lack during my absence has been very difficult for me. And I am sure it is much more difficult for the children. That time you spent away, you can’t take it back or even turn back the hands of time.”

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