Bri's Easter Traditions - Opera Singer Edition
Easter is a beloved holiday for many, and opera singers are no exception! As we approach this special time of year, let's take a look at some of the Easter traditions that so many of my music-loving friends and I enjoy.
One of the most popular traditions is attending an Easter performance of a beloved opera, such as Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" or Handel's "Messiah." If you are a classical singer, nine times out of ten you have either performed one of the solo roles or have sung in the Chorus for both of these selections. These works are often performed in churches or concert halls around the world, and they offer a beautiful way to reflect on the meaning of Easter.
Another popular tradition is singing Easter hymns and carols. Many choirs and opera companies offer special Easter concerts that feature these uplifting and joyful pieces. Some popular Easter hymns include "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," "Thine be the Glory," and "The Day of Resurrection."
In addition to music, many opera singers enjoy preparing and sharing special Easter meals with family and friends. Traditional dishes like roasted lamb, hot cross buns, and Easter eggs are popular choices, and they offer a delicious way to celebrate the holiday. Of course, no Easter celebration would be complete without Easter eggs! In many countries, including Russia and Ukraine, it is traditional to decorate eggs with intricate designs using wax and dyes. These eggs, known as pysanky, are considered symbols of rebirth and new beginnings.
Whether you're an opera singer, a music lover, or simply someone who enjoys the traditions of Easter, we hope that you have a wonderful and meaningful holiday.