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Monica's Waltz


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Emily Rohm

 Genre: Classical

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Classical is not the right genre for this, but there is no "contmporary opera" genre! This is a beautiful and haunting aria from the American opera, The Medium, by Gian Carlo Menotti.
This is a live performance. I was selected to sing at my university's commencement concert, and I chose this song. The character in the song is a young woman, Monica, who lives with her con-artist mother. Her mother is a "psychic medium" and Monica is put to work pretending to be a ghost for her mothers customers. Toby, a young orphan boy (who is mute) also lives and works with them. In this scene, Monica is playing with Toby and acts out a love story between them. She imagines what he wishes to say to her and so her dialogue speaks as both characters. It is full of playful innocence, and yet is so heartbreaking. The last line of the song is so touching...
My accompanist is one of my good friends from college, Kerry Hart. Since it is performed live on a large stage, the volume level is low and I'm a bit far from the mic on the ceiling, so turn it up!
The picture is of me and my husband performing in another show at Lawrence University. (I'm the blonde in the yellow... )
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Lyrics
Bravo! And after the theatre, supper and dance.
Music! Ooom pah pah, oom pah pah...

Up in the sky, someone is playing a trombone and a guitar.
Red is your tie, and in your velveteen coat, you hide a star.
Monica, Monica, dance the waltz
Monica, Monica, dance the waltz
Follow me, moon and sun
Keep time with me, one two three one.

If you're not shy, pin up my hair with your star and buckle my shoe.
And when you fly, please hold on tight to my waist
I'm flying with you, oh...
Monica, Monica, dance the waltz
Monica, Monica, dance the waltz
Follow me, moon and sun
Follow me, follow follow me
Follow me, follow follow me.

What is the matter, Toby?
What is it you want to tell me?
Kneel down before me.
And now tell me...

Monica monica, can't you see
that my heart is bleeding, bleeding for you?
I loved you Monica all my life
with all my breath, with all my blood.
You haunt the mirror of my sleep, you are my night.
You are my light and the jailer of my day.

How dare you scoundrel talk to me like that!
Don't you know who I am?
I'm the queen of Aroundel!
I shall have you put in chains!

You are my princess, you are my queen
and I'm only Toby, one of your slaves.
And still I love you and always loved you
with all my breath, with all my blood!
I love your laughter, I love your hair.
I love your deep and nocturnal eyes.
I love your soft hands, so white and winged.
I love the slender branch of your throat.

Toby! Don't speak to me like that...
You make my head swim.

Monica, Monica, fold me in your satin gown.
Monica, Monica, give me your mouth
Monica, Monica, fall in my arms!

Why, Toby... You're not crying, are you?
Toby, I want you to know... that you have the most beautiful voice... in the world.
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Uploaded: Jan 09, 2006 - 08:14:41 AM
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2006 - 12:09:57 AM Last Played: Sep 10, 2017 - 05:11:34 PM
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Comments
Einarus said 4274 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Sounds like...
...quite a show.
And if you look as good on stage as you sound, then it 'must' be quite the
show.

Great!
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Emily Rohm said 4274 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Sounds like...
Thanks!!

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FEEL said 4274 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Awesome!
Your friend has a very good voice and this is quite a treat. I bet some of you must have rubbed off on her.

Thanks for sharing,
John
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Emily Rohm said 4274 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Awesome!
No, John, that's me singing!! Glad you liked it!

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FEEL said 4274 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Awesome!
Silly me

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Emily Rohm said 4274 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Awesome!
And my friend Kerry is my pianist.

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FEEL said 4274 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Awesome!
She is awesome too!

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Mystified said 4273 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Brilliant!
This is not an easy aria to sing!
You've done a beautiful job with it--interpretation and peformance.
Your voice is perfect for this...just perfect.

Wonderful! Thank you for posting it here!

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kristyjo said 4273 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
This is an unusual offering for MacJams
but very beautiful! You not only have a beautiful voice, but stamina, as
well. The classical genre here will have to do for music of this nature, but
I'm glad you posted it in classical, or I would have probably missed it.

Is this picture from a recent production at Lawrence? I took my M.M.E.
Choral conducting classes from Rick Bjella, and was in some of my Kodály
and Solfege levels with Brigetta. Small world.
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Emily Rohm said 4273 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
This is an unusual offering for MacJams
Wow!! I knew you were talented for a reason! *wink*. Bjella was my choir
director and I think I took sightsinging with Brigetta... Blocked out
sightsinging- bad memories of a constant struggle... Thanks for listening to a
long aria!

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dreadmon said 4272 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Okay, here it is...
This is excellent, absolutely brilliant! I love the piece, even though the recording sort of lessens the impact, we miss the dynamics of your performance, and thusly, the brilliance of your performance is left to the imagination.

This is wonderful, wonderful, it's on my iPod.

Now, here's what I have to say - your voice is exceptional, but it's more technique than emotion, and on some of these lines, a more rooted approach is necessary to wring the emotions out of an audience. Can you sing? Oh hell yes! No doubt, no doubt. Can you emote? Yes, absolutely, yes, you can wring tears from the most jaded, I"m thinking. But in this performance - the median seems to be embraced - the technical is there, and the emotion is there, but as it is said, these twain do not truly meet, and maybe that comes from pressure, pressure. But you're not alone in your stake, in your quest to push this emotion out there for the world to take, and it's incredible, once again - so well done, the recording doesn't do the performance justice, because we lose the dynamics of your voice - a formidable instrument indeed. You are in the same company as Sarah Brightman - and yet, the drama needed to turn this from brilliant singing into dramatic conflict needs to be looked after, and I have no doubt that once you marry the two worlds of technique and torture - the world's best music will come springing out of you in waves. Be encouraged and key into the humanity of everything you sing. Much love - this one goes on my iPod...
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Emily Rohm said 4272 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Okay, here it is...
Thanks for your thorough listen! I appreciate your comments and ideas. It's
great to hear for once that I have more technique than emotion (at least on
one song...) since at LU I was known for having more heart than technique...!
That's why I ended up majoring in Music Theatre rather than Vocal
Performance. I was always pulled in two very separate directions from the
theatre department and the voice department. (Each group thinks their ideas
are the most important, of course!) So I can understand how you can hear
that in my performance. It is quite an art to find the happy medium in opera,
and I guess I'm still working on it. Thanks again!

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said 4262 days ago (January 21st, 2006)
Stunning
Love this piece, and I've always been a big fan of opera.
millie said 4245 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
Too soft
I think that I prefer your version to to the other girl that just finished HS. I think the tempo is better, you don't seem rushed. However it's too soft! I have my computer turned up & I still can't hear it clearly. When I get enough points, I will put my daughters version of the song up. It is nice to compare voices. You have a beautiful voice. ;)


Joanna said 4242 days ago (February 10th, 2006)
Wow
That was amazing. I got so caught up in your performance and the
beauty of your voice set against the playfullness and drama of the
song. "...fall in my arms" gave me goosebumps (quite literally, actually)
and the ending, well, by gosh by golly that's a wonderful song and you
are a fantastic singer.
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Emily Rohm said 4241 days ago (February 10th, 2006)
Wow
Thanks so much, Joanna. I'm really gald you enjoyed it. You are so sweet.

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macgalver said 4216 days ago (March 8th, 2006)
e m i l y!!
You have an exquisite voice. The levels are low, but I can still hear the
impeccable quality of your voice. Just lovely. Really stunning. And you
are such a pretty girl! I'm so glad to find you at macjams--kelli


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ginz111 said 4176 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
This is
Great!
Wonderful.
Carl
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thetiler said 4165 days ago (April 27th, 2006)
how did I miss this
wow, does this really show off your singing abilities.
Breathtaking, Emily what great singing. I can see you making those
costumes when you should be the singer in those costumes. Really!

Life has it way of being unfair sometimes.

Hope only the musical BEST for you Emily! You deserve it. Your that good.
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thetiler said 4165 days ago (April 27th, 2006)
my gosh wow
I just heard Monica's Waltz for the first time. I don't know how I missed
this but I guess I did.

Your singing is so incredibly powerful. Hope the powers that be give you
a break. A big break with that whopper of a voice.
When I hear you singing a rock pop song. I think there is a superwomen
singing. Like Clark Kent when he is reporter and then turns to superman.

It your terminology it would be like Lous Lane turing into Superwoman!


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craft said 4092 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
levels are to low
You have an excellent voice.
The quality of your voice i wonderful. Just lovely.
Have to hear more from you..

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dragonlikes said 3908 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
Nice one
this is really good, imean a real great work!
Keep it up
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david.sfinzi said 3591 days ago (November 22nd, 2007)
Here's to contemporary opera
Very nice performance.
You're talent aplenty. I look fwd to hearing more work, and for more venues for this music.

Glad I found your page
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sschedra said 3495 days ago (February 27th, 2008)
Wowy!
What a soprano! Hubby sings too? He looks like Russel Crowe. I am a sucker for folk who can really sing ("...in the worrlllllld" could she hold that note any longer, WOW~!).
Just wonderful!
Stephen
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said 3398 days ago (June 3rd, 2008)
Great!
Really awesome... amazing work!

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davisamerica said 3390 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
wow...
lots of 'previous words" all good ones .. just me ... am entranced
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Bob6stringer said 3094 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
Vnbelievable.
Please don't let me forget to come back to hear more. Now if I could just make it to the Civic Opera HoVse to see if you're in the Playbill. (Missing Chicago.)
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KenneSilva said 3068 days ago (April 28th, 2009)
Emily
What a voice; may it take you far. This was quite a performance. 8^)
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angelahope said 2775 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
im new here but i wanted to hear you
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867-5309 said 2676 days ago (May 25th, 2010)
thanks
we like it a lot
kind of like oh mia babbino caro
puccini
or better
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Bob6stringer said 2432 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Bravo! Touching indeed.
I saw you online and noticed your long tenure as well as our common hometown. So glad to find you hear, if much-belated. It's been years since I was in the Civic Opera "Hovse" ... I'd rather attend one of your modern interpretations. And yes, that is a perfect last line for this empathetic fantasy sequence. Thank you.
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thetiler said 1347 days ago (January 14th, 2014)
What an incredible talent you are
Just had to come back again, to praise your incredible MULTI talented artists. I was at one of my pieces "Her Hand In War". And came over here from there.

Thanks Emily for being able to have met (musically) one of the great musical talents !
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