How Long Does it Take to Learn an Opera?

I am hoping that it takes approximately one day to learn an opera.  I worry that this is not the case, but I am leaving for Florida on Saturday to sing a show (which I have already learned, thank goodness!) and my score has not yet arrived for the show I am doing when I get back from Florida.  If my score does not come in the next few days, I will have about 5 days to learn La Rondine.

Even if I do get my score in time, I won’t really have much of a chance to learn the show before I leave, which means I will have to learn it in Florida, in the midst of another show.  From what I hear, it is a fairly common occurrence to learn one show while you are rehearsing and performing another, but this will be my first time trying it out.  It sounds confusing to me.

How can I go to work all day and sing one show, and then go home at night and try to memorize another one?  Won’t my brain get confused?  Here’s another curveball: both operas are by the same composer.  Will that be helpful, because I won’t have to switch musical styles, making the second show easier to mentally grasp, or will it totally screw me up, like trying to remember which U2 song a certain guitar lick comes from, because they all kind of sound the same?

Well, I think it is clear that, no matter what show I am singing, having the score as long as possible is going to be a good thing, so I hope it comes soon, and I hope I don’t sing the wrong stuff in the wrong show.  And if I could just learn the whole show in one day, that would make it a lot easier for me.  I’ll have to work on that.

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