The work that goes into mounting an operatic production is substantial, and so are the time commitments for the volunteers. Music rehearsals start several weeks before the chorus ever begins learning the stage positions. That work alone may mean practicing a few times a week.
“We have to have the music memorized before we go on stage so we don’t have to worry about that part,” she said. “Many of the directors will then talk to us about character development, what we should focus on and how to interact with the main characters. You really need listening and acting skills to do it.”
But the commitment has its rewards, she said.
“I get to sing beautiful music that is just thrilling,” she said. “I also love doing the stage work. I get to work with and hear a wonderful orchestra. And I enjoy working with all the people at the opera. It is a lot of work, but it’s always fun, and I love the whole process.”