A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lucia with knives

Stage Director John Hoomes shows Lucia (Lisette Oropesa) how to wield a knife on her brother Enrico (Eric Dubin).

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Poolside Preview

Opera New Jersey held a preview in a Princeton poolhouse. All the hard surfaces made for marvelous acoustics. Pictured here is Matthew Burns, the Raimondo in LUCIA.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Lucia scene i

Lucia begins with the men's chorus--Enrico's men--looking for a mysterious man who might turn out to be Enrico's enemy, Edgardo. The director, John Hoomes, is assigning weapons to the ensemble.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Opera New Jersey Costume Fittings

Here at Opera New Jersey, the costume staff brings this rather ominous looking apple to costume fittings. But you're safe in the hands of costumer Patty Hibbert.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Lucia at Opera New Jersey

Tomorrow, rehearsals start for LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Opera New Jersey. Performances will be at McCarter's Matthews Theatre in Princeton. I've previously done TURANDOT, CARMEN, and BUTTERFLY in this theatre and it's good for opera. More to come.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sarello's and Fargo Moorhead Opera

I participated earlier this week in a lovely benefit on for Fargo Moorhead opera earlier this week at Sarello's restaurant in Moorhead. Restauranteurs Tony and Sarah Sarello have graciously and generously contributed this event for several years.

Picture is of soprano Shana Blake Hill and FM Opera General Director and tenor, David Hamilton. Blake, who sang Sacagawea in their tour of CORPS OF DISCOVERY a few years back has a beautiful voice and also a wicked sense of humor. She sang everything from "Over the Rainbow" to "Sempre Libera" to Ricky Ian Gordon songs.

The benefit raises an impressive amount from only about 25 guests.