A few weeks back, Kaitlyn stepped into a new role when she started singing the solos in Winnipeg's full Fellowship of the Ring performances. Next week she'll appear in Fellowship at Wolf Trap, and it's off to Poland shortly after that. In between this and numerous other projects, Kaitlyn was kind enough to jot down a few words for the blog. She's also offered to stop the comments section to answer a few questions, should they materialize.
I could call myself a fan, or maybe even obsessed; but in reality I have the privilege of saying I am a part of the continuing story that is The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings Symphony has benchmarked my life since I was fifteen. As the vocal soloist, I’ve traveled across the globe and always had the best seat in the house: front and center on stage. Sitting next to the conductor and directly in front of the orchestra, I’m the only person who takes in both the audience’s perspective as well as that of the musicians. Whether through the vibrations of my seat, or looking out into the enraptured crowd, I’ve uniquely witnessed hundreds of nights filled with the human and artistic emotions that are inspired by Tolkien’s story and Howard Shore’s beloved music. Through the books, through the movies, and through the LOTR Symphony there is a journey we all take, only I get to see it lit up on your faces. After five years of singing this music, in preparation for the U.S. premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring at Wolf Trap, I can whole-heartedly say I am as thrilled today as I was the first time I got the call to sing. Funny story: after jumping and screaming on the phone they asked if I needed the music and I replied, “Are you kidding? I already know it!” I’ll see you from the stage soon!