‘Dame Hat’, 2022- present
1-2 hour fortnightly sessions online, offering a flexible model that best meets Janet’s health and creative goals whilst living with the long-term challenges of her MS diagnosis. Janet’s program covers:
- structured and semi-improvised musical explorations involving singing, cabaret, and performance
- improving health, functioning and wellbeing, physical strength, emotional and mental recovery.
“In regard to my sincere feelings about my experience with VV and Issie, well it’s been very liberating. Being a 'professional patient' as it were, it is quite easy to forget who you are as a person, given most of the time I am isolated, unwell, and spend a lot of time asleep. But the fact is, I am goal oriented, and given a goal with the right supports, I have proven I am incredibly productive and high-achieving. I feel capable, accomplished, artistic and skilled. It has been therapeutic. I feel joy, and dare I say happy. All this has popped back into my life!”
In 2023 Janet will not only continue to work with Isabel as an operatic vocalist or repetiteur, but also Dr Penelope Cashman, based in Adelaide, to be Janet’s accompanist, to work towards developing and presenting a series of opera performances and/or recordings.
Facilitating Artist/Mentor- Isabel Herteag
Header image supplied by Janet Hattam.
Opera singer Janet Hattam elegantly dressed in black shimmery and sparkly scarf around shoulders and chest, holds a microphone to mouth, and with a hand on their hip she is confidently poised in performance. Behind her is a projection close up of a male wearing 18th century white wig and modern sunglasses.