Beau journaled on energy in his weekly assignment, and it was so helpful I thought I'd share it with you. He gave his permission for you to consider his wise words. Thanks, Beau!
Our discussions about having energy going before phrases begin have echoed with me throughout opera rehearsals. It goes without saying, but one can’t just go from 0 to 100 when they start singing. Preparation is involved; mentally as well as physically. Running the opera has thoroughly reminded me of this fact. I’ve taken note of the process of finding my ‘center’ of mental and physical preparedness and maintaining it throughout the performance. Physically, I must integrate what my body needs to do to produce the best possible sound at any given point. Mentally, I must focus all of my energies and keep them going for the duration, so that they are there when I call upon them. I had forgotten how easy it can be to let this fall by the wayside when participating in a full production. Not only firing up this energy, but keeping it checked in for the duration, has allowed me to find new levels in my performance that I didn’t know I had. I’ve also noticed myself becoming better as a performer as I learn to more and more effectively harness and channel this energy.