Here is the video of the premiere of RSBE at the end of February at University of Alabama. The opera theatre there did a spectacular job. It was so nice to have a premiere where everyone was pulling in the same direction 100%. It is now almost May, and the end of February seems like two years ago. Not that the days in quarantine have been dull or boring, just that the way we live has changed so drastically.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Been having a great time at University of Alabama where their opera program will premiere my new opera, RSBE (Remove Shoes Before Entering). In RSBE a group of students and their teacher are on a field trip. They stop at a strange building. Inside they realize things about themselves.
RSBE is put together like SPEED DATING TONIGHT! with the order of the selection of pieces, their order, and their assignment is up to the producer. I've christened the genre the New Numbers Opera. Premiere is tomorrow night, February 7, 2020.
This clip is from dress rehearsal and about impostor syndrome. The idea was suggested by Dr. Paul Houghtaling, their producer.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
I got to go to Converse College last week for a three day residency. The production is in the able hands of Susan Lyle and Keith Jones. One of the best in the cast--and there were several--was Verity Arden. A senior, She's a singer and a composer and did such a terrific job with her selection, I asked her permission to record it and include it in my demos. Talkative Girl is one of the harder pieces in SpDT! and I was impressed. The Converse production is January 24-26, 2020.
I got to stay at a lovely place, the Inn on Main, a B&B I heartily recommend.