RSBE (Remove Shoes Before Entering) is about to get its fifth production this summer (2021) at Taos Opera Institute. Situated above town in the lovely ski valley in the Carson National Forest, this monthlong program provides intensive voice lessons and coachings, with four groups of singers switching between English, French, German, and Italian. There is a culminating showcase, which will feature RSBE and some opera scenes. This production is directed by the very capable Mark Craig.
The picture is of a song called "Reading Frederick Douglass for the first time" in which the performer recalls reading Douglass' 1852 speech.
It's always a pleasure to work on a piece after the premiere. You learn new interpretations from the cast. You make permanent changes and edits.