Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog!
About a couple of month ago me and my partner decided to move away and skip the winter in the warmth of South East Asia. It was yet another 180 degrees turn around in my life, the first one was when I moved to the UK over 5 years ago. Change of culture, change of rules, change of climate, change of music circles… Who said it is going to be easy?
I want to invite you on a journey of one soprano, who went astray from the conventional pathway and chose to make her way around the world with music. I will be sharing my performing, social and cultural experiences, as well as a few ‘how to’ tips if you want to visit/perform in the country described.
At the moment I am residing in Thailand for couple of months. It is my first residence in Asia, before this I always lived in Europe and there are a few things that struck me as a musician.
Firstly, classical music is not NEARLY as popular, as it is in Europe. I am talking most locals don’t even know what ‘opera’ is. There is national classical music, which is more known to the locals and it differs greatly from the western classical music. I find it fascinating and exciting to explore the traditional music of Thailand, it is very colourful indeed! There is also an extensive expat community that is supportive of classical arts and curious about classical music life in Thailand.
Secondly, it is quite easy to outreach to the music community here! Everyone is very helpful and open to communicate. All you need is to send a few friendly emails and introduce yourself. I am excited about upcoming collaborations, of which I will keep you posted 😉
Thirdly, introducing yourself as an opera singer is a great conversation starter and icebreaker no mater where you go! People are genuinely interested in what you have to say. So the next time you get here, don’t forget to mention your profession, it may bring you some new friends!
Thank you so much for reading my post, feel free to ask any questions! Stay tuned!
Your Travelling Soprano