It has been a bit since I last wrote here. Some good things have happened on both the language and singing fronts, as well as some discouraging things. In my language work I have begun reading Les Fables de la Fontaine which are mostly on my level. I find that the hard thing with reading is that though I know the words I'm reading, I often miss the actual context of the story. I figure that this is similar to listening comprehension and the practice will ultimately make things clearer as well as fill in the holes in my vocabulary. I have unfortunately been rather lax in my other forms of study. I have recently picked back up on Michel Thomas, but as of yet have not gotten back into my Assimil work in about two weeks. I have every intention of working on it again tonight though!
In other news, I feel that I am to the point now where I can actually begin to call myself a tenor. For the last month and a half or so I have been working on the Duke's arias from Rigoletto by Verdi. These arias have stretched me and almost forced my voice to work in a different way than it has in the past. In the last couple of days my Bb4 has really come into its own and the B4 is not far behind. I am looking forward to the few weeks, during which time I am hoping to have a few lessons, some coachings and even participate in a recital (my first as a tenor)!
The only discouraging part of my singing life currently has been this week. My voice has been feeling different this week and certain things that were relatively secure before are not this week, while other things that were not present before are now starting to present themselves. I assume that this is just some of the growing pains in the process and am not terribly worried by them though. I'm hoping to get back into being slightly more regular with my updates here, but with the holidays quickly approaching we'll see what the reality of that is.