For the third part in our special interview series, we’ll be interviewing the first of our two Angelicas, Melissa Bideau. Melissa is a 4th year Voice Performance Major, studying with David Meek. If you’re a frequent attendee of our Orpheum Series, you may recognize her from her beautiful performance at our recent Showcase Concert. Here’s her answers below!
What do you enjoy most about singing Angelica?
I love this character so much. The music is so deep and beautiful and i get to explore such a wonderful range of emotions with Angelica.
Favourite scene from Suor Angelica and why?
The scene between Suor Angelica and her aunt. This is where you really begin to understand Suor Angelica and the conversation they have pulls you in for the rest of the Opera.
What should the audience listen or look for when they come to watch the production?
Listen to how Puccini’s music grabs your heart as he fully expresses the emotions in the music.
What’s your favourite part of the productions?
They are both so different. I think that is what makes them so good together. The listeners will be taken on a journey through tears and laughter.
How did you get into opera?
I grew up in a musical family and played the violin for quite a few years. I’ve always loved being on stage and when I saw my first opera at the age of 17 I knew that was what I wanted to do.
What have you enjoyed the most during your experience at VAM?
I love the close relationships that I have with my teachers and peers. Everyone is so supportive and has greatly contributed to my growth as a musician and as a person.
Finally, any last words?
This has been such a wonderful experience for me as this is my first major role. I am so grateful for everyone that I have been able to work with and it’s going to be a really good show. Please come share in this beautiful music and wonderful experience.