Friday, June 19, 2009

Diva In Training

Diva Catherine has been visiting with us the last few days. She drove to Houston to leave her car and most of her worldly goods with us while she is at "opera camp" in upstate New York at Chatauqua before returning in late August for her year with the Houston Grand Opera studio.

One of the things I'm learning from her visit is just how hard it is to be an opera diva.

She spends every evening memorizing and practicing the roles she has scheduled. Next fall she will be taking intensive instruction in Russian and Italian, plus continuing work in French and other random Scandinavian and eastern European languages. I am so language challenged that I'm awed by her ability to master so many.

It's just like any other profession--God may give you the intelligence and the talent, but you have to work hard to develop it if you want to succeed.


JL LEAL said...

I vote you!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I cannot imagine the work she has to put into it.

Gannet Girl said...

How wondeful for her, to study opera at Chautauqua!

And as far as the multiple languages, better the Diva than the Preacher!

j,too said...

Oh, it's so nice to hear about Catherine's journey and talents. Hope she loves Chautauqua -- it's sure beautiful up that way!