“Ah! mes amis” – Peter Mark Master Class

Worked on a brand new aria this past weekend in my master class with Maestro Peter Mark (hence the fact that it is not completely memorized as evidenced in the video). 😉

To set up this clip, Maestro Mark had asked me to walk around to get my legs and core engaged.

In terms of the high C’s, the Maestro talked about the importance of “exploding”, or creating a wind tunnel, backwards on the lower note directly preceding.

You can hear how I successfully did this on the first four high C’s, but then the second set of four I did not and the C’s were thinner and not as solid. The Maestro stops me and motions (off camera) backwards out the back of his head on the lower note. Once I corrected off this instruction the last three high C’s were solid again.

Exciting work! Now to get all this memorized and in my body. 🙂