Monthly Archives: September 2011

Opera Blog, part 7

It is the day of the premiere of Lotus Lives. One of the great things about performing away from home is that you can give yourself an honest-to-God free day before the concert. I saw fit to get up after … Continue reading

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Opera Blog, part 6

After a successful skit rehearsal, we are ready to face another run-through tonight. You can perhaps imagine the complications, inherent in an opera production, that are not present in a straight concert. The singers have all their music memorized, and … Continue reading

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Opera Blog, part 5

Thursday afternoon. We ran through the opera last night. Let’s just say: 1. We made it without having to stop. 2. Mistakes were made. But mistakes are always made. It is live music, and it is never perfect. An interesting … Continue reading

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Opera Blog, part 4

Here are some things you might not have thought of that go into the rehearsal period: Coordinating the lights with the flow of the opera.¬†Coordinating the video with the flow of the opera. Who takes the first bow, and who … Continue reading

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Opera blog, part 3

It’s 7:20PM, and I am waiting for our 7PM rehearsal to start. Tempers have been running a little short (you know it’s chamber music when people start yelling at each other). One person has been cool, calm, and collected the … Continue reading

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Opera Blog, part 2

Still the first day, now at 6:50PM. We have rehearsed with only the Meridians, and we have rehearsed with the singers. We have moved the instrumental setup to the side of the stage to make room for the singers and … Continue reading

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Opera Blog, part 1

I am in Middlebury, Vermont, with my chamber group, the Meridian Arts Ensemble. We are creating a new opera, and I will be blogging daily, charting the progress of this gigantic undertaking. Since we haven’t started yet, here is the … Continue reading

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