No, don't get excited, no gun-toting Hvorostovsky here. Today is the first day of Dunedin's 2011 Senior Vocal Competitions, which will culminate in the ODT Aria Competition on Sunday evening. As my previous photo post may or may not have made clear, I'm back in my home town for a couple of weeks. Mostly to visit family and enjoy a cold, rainy holiday (Dunedin is not renowned for its charming weather) but since I've come with a rather talented tenor in tow, we've arranged for Dunedin to exploit him a little. So he gave a super bargain recital at the University's music department yesterday afternoon (admission $5!) and now he's judging the competitions from today through till Sunday.
I always used to go and watch as much of the competitions as I could when I lived here, so this has partly been a cunning plan on my part to gain free admission. There's just something about singing competitions I love — the chance to hear LOTS of repertoire, the hope of discovering new and rising talent and, I'm afraid, the spectator sport element of it as well. You choose your favourites and cheer for them, predict results and (don't tell Stuart) curse the judge when his views disagree with yours. Not that I intend to corrupt Herr Adjudikator, of course.
Anyway, it all begins this morning with the 17th and 18th century aria (under 21) category. The weather is, of course, grey and disgusting, and my poor tenor, accustomed to Floridian humidity, looks less than impressed with the view from our window. However, I have assured him that winter is even worse (this is spring!) and I'm sure he's hardy enough (or has enough scarves) to cope. I'll have my love of the game to keep me warm.
Alright, fine, here's some Hvorostovsky to keep you happy.