A totally puzzling exercise in product naming in my hotel room...
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Here's the video from last spring's production of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! at Kennesaw State University. It's one of the best I've seen and I'm going to recommend it to folks who want to familiarize themselves with the piece, along with older videos from Brevard and Texas State. This production has the orchestra onstage on the far stage left side. The preparation, ensemble, staging, and general spirit of this production is wonderful! Bravo to Eileen Moremen and the whole group there.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Perhaps thanks to the success of SPEED DATING TONIGHT!, BUOSO'S GHOST, my SCHICCHI sequel is making a nice comeback. Here's the post for the first of three productions, this one in November 2017 at Crane Opera Theater at SUNY Potsdam. I'll be conducting the double bill at OperaDelaware in the spring.
With General Director Brendan Cooke at a little show and tell for OperaDelaware
at their headquarters, November 2017
Photo by Ryan MacPherson
It's especially nice to go back to OperaDelaware as they were part of a consortium that commissioned my opera, OUT OF THE RAIN (Libretto by Hugh Moffatt) back in the late '90s.
BUOSO will also play at University of Central Florida in the Spring.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
My newest one act opera, ANNA HUNTER had its premiere November 2-4 at Savannah Voice Festival. We moved through the Davenport House, starting in the back courtyard, then moving to the gift shop and finally ending in the parlor, where the bulk of the opera was played. Thank goodness, we had perfect weather, and good crowds, despite lots of competition from a marathon and a film festival.
The ghost of Anna Hunter (Maria Zouves) visits the Davenport House Gift Shop. Louise (Emily Righter), a young tour guide, doesn't know what to make of her.
Photo by Bunny Ware for Savannah Morning News.
Although it can be played separately, ANNA HUNTER is also meant to be paired with ALICE RILEY, which premiered in 2015.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
On a day off from LA TRAVIATA in Amarillo, I went to see the season's first production of Speed Dating Tonight! It was at Alamo City Opera in San Antonio. Kristen Roach put together a terrific production, well worth the drive.
It was nice to see it get reviewed by David Hendricks, who wrote "'Speed Dating Tonight!'" proves opera can be a genre that addresses contemporary society with immediacy and depth, through humor, sadness and awkwardness. Here's a link to the whole review.
On the way to San Antonio, I stopped for a donut and a kolache in a little town, Sweetwater. The sour cream donut was perfectly done and the kolache was not what I expected. Instead of a fruit filling, theirs were filled with a sausage. I liked both treats so much I stopped on the way back the next day.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
BUOSO'S GHOST is now available through E. C. Schirmer. Here's the official announcement. My apologies--we left out McGill University's recent performance and Texas State's.
I'm happy that they are also publishing Tom Cipullo's AFTER LIFE, which recently won the National Opera Association's opera competition.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Kennesaw State University did a great production of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! this spring. They performed some of the new dates written this year, including this one, NOSEY PARENT.
It was wonderfully performed by no less than the Dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State, Dr. Patty Poulter.
This piece can be performed by a male or female singer and their child can be a "my girl" or "my son." It is for an older singer--a voice faculty member, for example. They can drop in the show for their song and not even be in anything else, so their rehearsal commitment can be minimal.
Thanks to Kennesaw State's Eileen Moremen for doing such a great job with the opera, orchestra, and video!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
I'm down in Coffeyville Kansas this week performing in their Humanities series. It's my second time here--I did this back in 2014. I have a wonderful time here facing the audience. This year, I am doing some of my own songs along with iconic pieces by Jimmy Webb and Elton John. I didn't notice this the last time, but the students at the Coffeyville Community College have a fun sculpture garden.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
I love the signs all over Amarillo, put up with the sponsorship of Stanley Marsh. Every time I go there, I run across new ones. I have been known to drive through random parts of the city looking for them. There are clearly many more around, based on this photo set, for example. These are from 2014.
A few here from my 2017 visit.