ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: AMY STEGGLES
Talent, determination and an amazing voice
Amy Steggles can sing. She can sing really, really well. When she sings, she sings opera.
Unfortunately, Amy doesn’t make a living from her singing. Consequently, she works full-time as a writer and uses her off-work time to train, practise, organize and promote her singing. Along with her partner, Amy is the guiding force behind a small, local company, Fear No Opera (FNO).
FNO is in the final stages of producing their second full-length opera, Così fan tutte.
I have had the pleasure of photographing Amy many times now. She makes my job easy because she is transformed when she steps on stage or in front of the camera. I never know what to expect, except for great photos and wonderful music.
With this latest production, I have been fortunate to be involved from the beginning. I shot the images that would be used for promoting the opera. This week, I attended an early rehearsal to capture some of the behind-the-scenes action. My final part in the production will be to photograph the dress rehearsal, the night before the one-and-only performance. I thoroughly enjoy shooting the dress rehearsals of FNO performances. The lighting is dramatic, everyone is in costume and the music is wonderful.
Here is to a great performance and a full house! And thanks Amy, you help motivate my own creativity.