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

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Had a lovely couple of days watching rehearsals of both of these shows and interacting with the student singers and composers at Opera McGill. Although they don't belong together, the two operas should still make for a fun evening. Seeing BUOSO (1996) is like seeing a grown up child. It's completely familiar, it's part of you, but it's also at least a little bit distant. 

The collaborative nature of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! with the selections and assignments varying from production to production makes it seem almost like a new show every time. In this version, for example, the pathological liar is played by a female, and a couple of the shows most standard songs "I've always liked this bar," and "Do you like cats?" were both cut. 

Thanks to bearded old friend and colleague Patrick Hansen for programming the two works. Patrick actually directed the premiere at the Pittsburgh Opera Center at Duquesne. And thanks to Jonathan Patterson and Stephen Hargreaves for their parts in the directing and music directing.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Alice review

Here's a link to a review of ALICE RYLEY from last week. The good news is that Savannah VOICE Festival will remount it in August during their annual festival.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Speed Dating Tonight! at Missouri State University

Talkative Girl orders her triple vodka?

Thanks to professors Ann Marie Daehn and Amy Fay Muchnick for programming SPEED DATING TONIGHT! at Missouri State University. Performances are the 6th and 8th of November in Springfield, Missouri. Looks like the bar has a nice big organ.