Tomorrow the singers will arrive. We've been working with the understudies which unfortunately seem to be just that. Tempos are not terribly reliable, nor are entrances, nor all the pitches. They only get this one chance to practice their parts, to sing with an orchestra, and that's it, the opportunity is gone. It's such a privilege to get more than one chance. Perhaps the soloists also had their difficulties in the early days, but they are different in that they were and are entitled to try again.
In some areas of life, there is only one chance, but often it's possible to open the perspective and see more chances. Yes, these understudies only get this one opportunity to practice with an orchestra, but there will be other orchestras on the tour of this opera that will need rehearsal singers, and beyond that, other opportunities in life to be an understudy or a soloist. Sometimes things don't go as one wishes, but maybe we can entitle ourselves to more tries than we think, to step back and see a larger progression of opportunities ahead.
It continues to be a pleasure to work with the Maestro as well as the concertmaster. And I'm very much looking forward to having the soloists, who have had a few more shots at perfecting their arias, with us tomorrow.