Catholic Performing Arts

Not sure where to put this, just thought it would be fun to see who else here might be slaving away in the performing arts world, particularly in the "art for art's sake" or more precisely, 'art for God's sake" arena. Translation: no money, because it's not commercial!

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I have performed and continue to perform in both the professional world as an opera singer. I began my career as a Church musician and still cherish the times when I can give of my talents back to the Church. I feel God has given me the gifts to perform as a professional but the times where I volunteer to sing for Mass or some other special service enriches me even more.

My daughter is a stage manager, doing mainly Equity work at this time. She's been doing this for ten years now. She also teaches Christian Youth Theater (CYT) at a Catholic school.

Her boyfriend is a stage carpenter. Most of her friends are in the business, too, either as techies, stage management, directing, or acting.

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I have performed and continue to perform in both the professional world as an opera singer. I began my career as a Church musician and still cherish the times when I can give of my talents back to the Church. I feel God has given me the gifts to perform as a professional but the times where I volunteer to sing for Mass or some other special service enriches me even more.

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I love opera! Have you ever had the opportunity to sing Mozart's Requiem? I know that it's sacred choral music, not opera, but I think one of my favorite solos of all time is a very short soprano solo at about two minutes into the Introitus. In setting dance to that music, that solo, brief as it is, has been kind of crucial to the entire flow of the choreography. The piece, overall, has some amazing vocal counterpoint, makes it very difficult for a non-musician like me to follow the various vocal parts.

I have sung a lot of Mozart ("Don Giovanni" is one of my most performed operas) but have not sung the Requiem. It generally calls for a lower voiced bass--I'm more of a bass-baritone.

I love Don Giovanni. I've always found it fascinating that, although the Prologue begins in a grim, D minor key with those opening wrathful strains followed by passages that might be described as mournful and tragic, it shifts into the D major key and some of the most sprightly music ever composed by Mozart. Even the Requiem, to me, contains musical images of hope and redemption amidst all the hellfire and damnation.

Interesting, when wanting to impose the right "dark" and "powerful" effect, the screenwriters for the movie "Amadeus" used those same d minor chords.

[BIBLEDRB]1 Corinthians 10:31[/BIBLEDRB]

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well, I'm not a professional in anything but I would love to partake in the arts,
currently trying to form a band, and through Music, to bring glory to God! ;)

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[BIBLEDRB]1 Corinthians 10:31[/BIBLEDRB]

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well, I'm not a professional in anything but I would love to partake in the arts,
currently trying to form a band, and through Music, to bring glory to God! ;)

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Amen, Brother Alain! I wish you Godspeed in your quest to form a Christian band. There are some good ones, to be sure. I think that whatever the art form, when the product has high technical and artistic merit, the secular public is more likely to take notice, and to be more receptive to the message, whether consciously or subconsciously.

Thanks :slight_smile:

I too pray that I may be successful in this, God willing.

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