Rehearsals are underway for the upcoming production of Carmen by OPERA San Antonio and CCSA singers have been hard at work! Over the next three weeks, you will have the opportunity to meet members of our ensemble through daily interviews wherein they reflect on rehearsals, and the process of preparing for and performing on the H-E-B stage. Our second singer is Valeria Ramos!

How does it feel being a part of an opera production of this scale?

The rehearsals are really fun! There is a LOT of choreographed movement while singing, which is ultimately both good and bad… Bad only because it can be a tad difficult, but good because it’s fun!

How does it feel performing on a full fledged opera set?

It is really cool to know that you’re with so many talented people on stage at one time. Like the conductor: he was cool and intense at the same time! Intense because he’s conducting so much right in front of us, but he is still cool. And the director! He gives good direction, and was funny!

What is different about opera rehearsals from CCSA rehearsals?

Opera rehearsals go a lot faster. With CCSA, we might spend more time perfecting little parts so that the whole piece ends up pristine. With opera, however, we are adding more elements with each rehearsal. We’re expected to do that minute perfecting work on our own.  Which is good, because I think that all of us involved in this production will keep that mentality when working on CCSA music again. We’ll be able to move faster in our normal rehearsals!

Which part of the opera are you most looking forward to?

I think I’m most looking forward to the marching – it seems like that will look really cool!


Valeria is a member of CCSA’s Youth Academy Treble ensemble and is in her third season with the organization. She is a seventh grader at Alamo Heights Junior School.