Tuuri Dede

mezzo-soprano

Barbara Hannigan & Equilibrium Young Artists

It's been a while since my last blog post. A lot has happened, but there's one project I have to mention.

It all started when I auditioned for Barbara Hannigan in London. The main aim was to participate in Stravinsky's “The Rake's Progress” conducted by Hannigan herself. I didn't get chosen for that production, but she offered me to sing Mozart Requiem with both Munich Philharmonics and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. I was beyond happy, especially when 350 people from 39 countries auditioned and 18 got chosen. It is the kind of initiative that offers young professional singers opportunities to perform in different projects (“The Rake's Progress”, Mozart Requiem, Stravinsky's “Pulcinella”) with different orchestras. But Equilibrium Young Artists is so much more than that! From day one (the day of audition) it’s been about “friendly eyes”- an expression used by Jackie Reardon, a coach for performance artists who Hannigan has been working with for years. To describe very briefly, it means to have a positive mindset while analysing our mistakes or performing on stage. We've practised that state of mind through yoga, exercises, discussion sessions. That way of thinking makes the whole Equilibrium group very connected and the work we've done together in rehearsals so much more fruitful than usual.

In one month I had my debuts with The Munich Philharmonics and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, singing Mozart Requiem conducted by Barbara Hannigan. Other soloists varied by concert, but were all from Equilibrium Young Artists. It was an amazing opportunity that I’m very grateful for!

More info: https://equilibrium-youngartists.com

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