It’s my first Mazda Opera in the Domain on this Saturday 29 Jan. I haven’t done Domain before so it’s exciting. This week we have been squeezing in extra rehearsals of Carmen to reblock the show – to map out all the moves in other words -- for the Domain stage. There will still be plenty of costumes and flamenco action. Just this time I get to do my best dance moves in front of thousands of people!
Luckily for me, I don’t suffer too much from nerves. In fact, the feeling is not so much nerves as adrenalin. You are extraordinarily concentrated when you are on stage. There is no let up of energy and your mind and your body are full of adrenalin.
By the time you get on stage you know the role, but then it’s just a matter of whether you produce the goods at the right moment. Most of my time on stage feels like second nature – I have worked the music so much that it's perfect and flows with ease. But then there is the 10% where I go have to go to a different level of concentration and really focus on the music to make sure I nail it.
I’ve done a few arena style performances, though I’ve never sung in the Domain. There’s always a great buzz, though when you look out it’s just a sea of faces, a wash of people. In the end, you still do the same thing, you still give it all you’ve got whether you are singing to one person or thousands.
People ask me whether I love the applause. I don’t know. Applause is a strange thing really. I get really embarrassed taking an individual bow. I know this sounds awful, but I sometimes wish they would just drop the curtain so I can go home.
What I do enjoy is taking applause as a group, as a whole. It’s humbling and wonderful to hear an audience really express themselves. When you hear them cheering, you know they’ve really had a great time, and that the performance has inspired them to express their feelings, to shout out their approval.
And that’s what entertainment and art and music and song is. It is an expression of who we are as people and it enables us to express ourselves in ways that we might not be able to in the
normal course of life.
See you at Mazda Opera in the Domain!