The Sophomore Project

Allie Remis
Arts & Culture Editor

Olivia Ober gave a lecture recital Sun., April 26, titled “A Day in the Life of a Performer.” Ober compared reading music to reading a book; both are read by phrases, and not letter by letter or note by note. She also emphasized smart practice and analyzing music yourself to really learn the music to avoid a ‘hollow performance.’ She said the goal is to be able to hear the accompaniment in your head as you are singing your line. Although Ober talked about the process and analyzing music, she said process is only until you learn how to read music well, but analysis is forever.

Olivia Ober performs at her sophomore recital. (Allie Remis/Snapper)
Olivia Ober performs at her sophomore recital. (Allie Remis/Snapper)

After an intermission, Ober came back on stage wearing a purple tulle ballgown. The first song she sang was “Hello! Oh Margaret, It’s You,” from The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti. The Telephone is a one-act comic opera with two characters, Lucy and Ben. In the recital, Ben was played by David Fernandes. Although Fernandes didn’t have any speaking or singing responsibilities in this song, he did take selfies with Ober while on stage. The second was “Mon Coeur S’ouvre a ta Voix” by Camille Saint-Saëns from Samson et Dalila. The piano part during this aria had falling notes that represented falling rain. Afterwards she sang “Neue Liebe” by Felix Mendelssohn. This piece shows Mendelssohn’s fascination with the images and ideas of the night fairy world.
The next song was “Voi che spate” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from Le Nozze di Figaro. The piano accompaniment was meant to sound like guitar plucking. Ober also sang a duet with soprano, Andrea Kurnat, titled “Viens, Mallika” which translates to English as The Flower Duet and is an aria. This piece is by Léo Delibes from the opera Lakmé. This opera is set in 19th century India when India was a British Christian territory. The religious struggle with a largely Hindu society forced to practice their religion in secret was a big theme in this opera. Ober’s final song was “Una Voce Poco Fa” by Gioachino Rossini from the opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia.