Voice lesson on Thursday... my teacher very carefully said the following after I sang the Despina aria:
"Well, there has been improvement." (Note her use of the passive tense)
"Maybe I shouldn't have chosen this particular aria - it is very difficult."
"Perhaps I should have chosen something easier."
And so on. She might have said positive things too... all I remember is the above. Like, the moment I left the room, it started echoing in my head in a loop. Maybe it's time for prescription happy-drugs...