Welcome to my first blog. This has been something I have wanted to write for a while and finally get to share with you. I want to use this blog as a platform to share with everyone the crazy adventure I call life. People ask me all the time, “What is it that I do?” The better question is “What is it that I don’t do?” As a performer, teacher, and Ulcerative colitis advocate, my life is ever changing and I am excited to share all aspects of my life with you.
Let me start by introducing who I am, not just my name, but who Stephanie Paige really is. Through my blogs, I will be addressing many aspects of my life that all influence my daily creative process.
As a performer, I am always trying to find a way to push my own limits and figure out how to give my audience an in the moment experience. There is no high like performing. Every time I leave the stage, I leave a piece of me with my audience. I pour my heart and soul in giving myself, never knowing how the results will end up. This is one of the most exhilarating but terrifying experiences one could ever have.
Why Opera? Growing up, I never really understood opera. As most, I assumed it was an outdated art form and couldn’t understand why someone would want to train so hard in learning language, technique and theory. Now my question is why wouldn’t someone? If one truly reads the libretto or does research on the story, you will realize there is much more than what meets the eye. Not only understanding the story and depths these characters go through in the opera but composers who connect so much with these particular characters, that the music composed follows them through their journeys all the way to the end expressing every emotional high and low. That is why as performers, we owe it to these characters and composers to give it our all. As a person, I live by the same way in all aspects of life. Giving it my all.
This is just the beginning.