Makeup lights up the stage Opera characters are larger than life. For a lyrical singer, entering the worlds created by the most talented composers requires transformation, practice, patience, and a whole lot of makeup. As the voice moves with the breath through the stories of love, deceit, violence and despair, the body becomes the visual support that channels these emotions. This creates the mesmerizing show that is opera.
Today, I start an 8 week challenge, ending on October 31st. You guys guessed it: a Halloween themed project where I join both music and beauty to create one challenging yet inspiring project. 8 characters in 8 weeks. I will be recreating opera’s most known and loved characters, as well as those who have become my personal favourites throughout the years.
Today, I present to you my adaptation of Carmen, a wild, free-spirited Gypsy, who comes alive through the beautiful melodies written by George Bizet. Carmen, a staple rôle for any mezzo-soprano, is most known for her mesmerizing flirtatious song “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle “.