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The Empowered and Fearless Victoria Wefer, 8/01/2009
Victoria Wefer
I have great memories of the city of Trujillo, Peru.  Even at 4 A.M., you can find a place to have a good meal with great new friends. I was there for an international singing competition where I placed as a semi-finalist.  The culture is so beautiful and it is definitely different from the Mediterranean. The people love music and they love opera wholeheartedly.  It never ceases to amaze me how music can break all language barriers almost instantly.

Suzette:  Speaking of language, I understand that you have an ability to pick up different languages easily. Which language did you speak at home and which additional ones have you learned?

Victoria Wefer: Papiamento is the language that I grew up with and I learned to speak it before English; it is spoken predominantly in the Netherlands Antilles or better known as the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao).  My family comes from Aruba. I learned French in high school and learned Spanish, formally, when I was at university earning my Bachelors Degree in English Literature. My mother also taught me a bit of Portuguese and my very first voice teacher taught me Italian. While I was earning my Masters Degree in Music, I continued to take diction courses in French, Italian, and German. My German is stronger than Dutch (much to the chagrin of my mother who is fluent in Dutch) and last year, I was teaching myself Latin.

Suzette:  You recently performed in Carmela Sinco's "RAYA & SAG-IN". Can you tell us about the story?

Victoria Wefer: It is a piece of magic written by the most wonderful and talented Filipina I will ever know.  "Raya" and "Sag-In" are the names of characters from a very famous Filipino legend, "The Legend of the Banana Plant". Sag-In is a male spirit who falls in love with a human girl named Raya.  Sag-In is invisible to Raya and he is hell-bent on becoming human if only for the chance to reveal his love to her but of course, like any good love story, there is a foil.  The foil in this opera is a higher-ranking spirit named "Bathala". Sag-In begs Bathala to transform him into a human. Bathala reluctantly allows him this opportunity but warns him that he risks his chance at being able to reach his full potential as the 'chosen one' in the spirit world.  Golden Fleece Ltd., based in New York City, commissioned Carmela Sinco's opera as their 17th Annual Commissioned Opera/Theater Production. Carmela Sinco wrote the libretto and the music. It is a one-act opera written in English and consists of seven scenes without an intermission.  She is already in meetings about bringing the production to the Philippines and perhaps even expanding the story so there is definitely more to come.  I am delighted to be cast as Raya. She is an impressive character that Ms. Sinco has written as strong-willed, independent and very feminine.  I am honored to premiere this role.



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