At the end of February, I had the immense pleasure of seeing a long-time friend and colleague, Taylor Raven, perform as the title role in “La Cenerentola” with Kentucky Opera. We were in the same voice studio in college (so we studied with the same teacher) and became fast friends. Over the years our different paths have taken us to many different places, only overlapping a couple of times (Pittsburgh, PA & Louisville, KY).
I was thrilled to get to see her in this production because not only was she singing the title role, but I haven’t heard her live in years. Her stunning, warm tone soared through her fast coloratura in this role, and it brought tears to my eyes. I remember when we were in undergrad dreaming of moments like these: when we would take the stage and be able to sing freely without overthinking about technical issues. It is also important for me as a performer to go watch other performances. I feel so inspired to create and make music when I leave the theater!
If you ever feel like you’re in a creative slump or you’ve plateaued, go seek out a live performance: a play, musical, opera, or concert! I promise you’ll leave with more inspiration and zest for life! If you're looking for a sign to book a ticket---this is it ;)
Maria, Taylor & her husband (Ryan) in 2014
Maria Palombo is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio. Her studio is open to all regardless of age or ability.