(1) A couple of days ago, I received my evaluations from the Song & Aria competition. Although I didn't make the finals, the comments were encouraging to read. The areas where I was critized can mostly be attributed directly to lack of preparation, which I knew was an issue going in. The other comments … not so bad.
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(2) While practicing yesterday, I vocalized up to a B-natural. That's half a step down from high C, folks! Maybe all these predictions that I'm maturing into a dramatic tenor or heldentenor aren't so far off. It looks like maybe the Siegfrieds, Parsifals, and Otellos (i.e., a lot of Wagner and Verdi) are in my future. I'd miss out on a lot of juicy baritone roles, but my earning potential would be higher. This is the path that Plácido Domingo took, developing from a high baritone to a heavy tenor — not that I have anywhere near the calibre of voice of a Domingo, but I find it interesting that he is the one opera singer I idolized growing up.
(3) And, of course, I heard back from David Pollard, who confirms that he is still happy to teach me and is looking forward to my arrival in London.
It's nice to have something I can still get excited about.