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BLO Exposed (Part 1): Caroline Worra & Sandra Piques Eddy Answer Audience Questions

Mar 21, 2013 3:52:00 PM
By BLO Staff

Boston Lyric Opera is in its second season of presenting BLO Exposed.
This intermission conversation series gives audience members a
behind-the-scenes look into each production and invites YOU, its audience, to
ask questions through social media during our Wednesday night productions at
the Shubert Theatre. For BLO’s recent production of Così Fan Tutte, Megan Cooper, Manager of Community Engagement, and
Cecelia Allwein, Development Coordinator, interviewed Caroline Worra and Sandra
Piques Eddy, who played Fiordiligi and Dorabella, as well as Sir Thomas Allen,
the production’s Don Alfonso and stage director. 
Caroline Worra as Fiordiligi and Sandra Piques Eddy as Dorabella. Photo: Eric Antoniou.
So we have a few
questions for you from the audience. The first one is, “What’s the highest note
you’ve ever sung?”

Caroline: When I was in college, I was squeaking as high as I could go and
I think, in whistle tones (those are those really crazy ones) I hit a high-A
above a high-C. But normally I try to warm up to about a high-F. And in this
show the highest note that I sing is a C, so that’s the range of high notes
that I have.
Sandra: Mine isn’t as high as Caroline’s, but I usually try
to warm up to a C. The highest I’ve ever sung in public I think was a C#; it
was very quick.
Is there a union for
professional opera singers?

Caroline: Yes, it’s called AGMA [American Guild of Musical Artists]. Once
we get to this stage in our careers we have been members of AGMA for several years.
When I was a young artist with the San Francisco program I was required to
become a member at that time. So that’s sometimes a nice way to get young people
into the union…, through young artist programs.
Sandra: I actually received my AGMA membership this in this
very house [the Shubert Theatre] singing Kate Pinkerton [in Madama Butterfly] in 2000 when I did my
opera debut here. So that’s where I got my acting card.
This is a question
for Sandra: “What’s the hardest part of singing the role of
Dorabella, and also what’s the most fun?”

Sandra: Oh it’s so much fun, I’m having a great time up here with Caroline
and some old friends and now new friends too. Initially the hardest thing about
this role, I think, is there’s one line in act two where I basically say, “Oh
women, this is in our nature to do these kinds of things.” So at first it’s
like, “Whoa, I don’t know, I think all the women in the opera house are just
going to cringe a little bit,” but it’s very tongue in cheek and that was the
hardest thing for me. But it’s so much fun just trying to keep everything
happening as if it’s the first time it’s ever happened is a fun challenge and
we’re having a ball up there.
Is this the first time
you’ve played these roles and if it’s not how has playing the role changed as
you’ve approached it different times and in different productions?

Sandra: This is my fourth time singing this role... This is the most
effervescent I think that I’ve ever had the opportunity to play this character
and the other characters around me are very fun and very light and airy and
zippy. So I appreciate that in this kind of music.
Caroline: This is my first time getting to do this role although
I’ve gotten to sing a lot of the arias or the duets and things in little scenes
and programs. To actually finally get to sing this role is really a dream come
true for me. I don’t know if I would have been able to do it before this point
in my life because it sort of requires me to be in control and try and be the
older sister. So it’s been a good challenge for me to try to encompass all the
different qualities of Fiordiligi when sometimes I just want to go, “Ahh!” So
she does need to be a little bit more in control and calm so that’s been a
challenge for me.
“Are those wigs or are
those your real hair?”

Caroline: Mine’s a wig. Hers is not.
“How long have you
been singing?”

Sandra: I’ve been singing professionally since 2000. I actually got my
first outside-of-school job at Boston Baroque, just down the street. And then
here as well at the BLO with Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. So I’ve been singing professionally since 2000,
but I started off as a music [education] major... I went to Boston Conservatory
for my undergrad and I taught for three years and then I went back to get my
Master’s at Boston University in voice.
Caroline: I started to do young artist programs in 1998 and
before that, actually, my undergraduate work was in piano, so ever since ’98
I’ve kept wanting to keep giving [singing] a try and I loved it. I feel very
lucky to be doing this.
BLO would like to thank everyone who participated in this BLO Exposed
event and for continuing the conversation with us post-performance here and on
our social media pages! To have your questions featured here in the future,
join us at the Wednesday night performance of
The Flying
for BLO Exposed. Stay tuned for part two of BLO Exposed’s look at
Cosi Fan Tutte, featuring Sir Thomas Allen!
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