I must be insane, insane, insane!
This is the National Association of Teachers of Singing local-level competition. I'm to sing three songs--one in a foreign language, one in English, and one of my choosing.
The foreign language one is "Nel Pur'ardor" from Jacopo Peri's opera Euridice.
The one of my choosing is an aria from Zaide, called "Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben." ("Rest softly, my lovely life")
My teacher and I haven't decided on an English one yet.
I get the feeling she's bucking for a song she has sheet music to, which is understandable; it's just that I don't want to sing a song that's been done to death. "Greensleeves" would be pretty, but everyone knows it. I absolutely refuse to sing "Danny Boy." That was her first attempt to cater to the fact that I like Celtic music. No. Ew. I know it can be a powerful piece, but I can't shake the hackneyed, over-sentimentalized feel of it from performances I've heard, and I just don't want to sing it. I'd like to sing "She moved Through the Fair," except it's godawful depressing, and it's written from a male POV. I don't bel
"Pastime with Good Company" is a possibility, but it really needs to be sung with all the vocal parts for the true beauty of it to come through. I'd love to sing "If I were a Blackbird," except that I think the guy in that song is an idiot, pining away for a woman who obviously doesn't care one whit about him. Same problem with "Greensleeves," actually.
I seriously need to find some sheet music to things. And I need to step up the practicing. Fifteen minutes a day won't cut it.