Community Creative: Eleanor Blythman

Eleanor Blythman is an Australian soprano, currently touring Victoria with Opera Australia as The Queen, Contrary Mary and The Spider in By The Light Of The Moon. Residing in Eltham, Eleanor loves her local library, especially the experience of enjoying the written word with others.

How did you get involved with Opera and Musical Theatre?
I have had a connection to music for as long as I can remember. I started having singing lessons at 15 years of age, after my first school musical.

What does a typical day involve for you?
An early start, making sure my children and I are ready for the day. Then off to rehearsals or a performance with the rest of the company. We arrive, put up the set, do hair and make-up, warm-up and I like to do a short meditation. When the show is finished, we take off our costumes and make-up and then remove the set. Heading home means diving straight into my other role as ‘Mummy’. After dinner and storytime, I prepare to do it all again the next day.

Who has influenced your practice?
I'm constantly being influenced and inspired by others. I think a big part of being an artist is taking what you perceive from other people’s ideas and experiences to create an experience using your own truth. Musically, Natalie Dessay, Anna Netrebko, Joan Sutherland and Maria Callas have all had a big impact on me as a soprano.

What is the best thing about being an artist?
Being able to express myself through music. It's pretty fun to put on crazy costumes and sing for a job too!

What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
Follow your instincts. Work hard. Listen to your mentors and teachers. Don't lose the joy of what you do. Create every day.

Opera Australia presents By The Light Of The Moon at Rosanna Library on Saturday 19 August. Visit the event listing or page 15 of What's On, opens a new window for more information.

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