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

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Promo for Speed Dating Tonight! at Baylor


Here's a very nice promo for the upcoming production of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! at Baylor Opera Theater on April 19th and 20th. Wherever I go I try to record some of the really good renditions of songs and add them to the master you tube and sound cloud playlists. Here's the Duet #34-#35, "Is it just me?" sung by Blayne Stonecipher and Monica Malas, who you see briefly in the promo video. This duet is one of my favorites cause it doesn't sound like it's gonna work as a duet until they sing together.

The music school's video guy is Carlos Monzon, who happens also to be a singer. 

Thursday, March 14, 2024


NOTES ON VIARDOT will have its premiere next month in April 2024. Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland suggested Madame Viardot as the topic for the opera after we spent nearly a year looking at subjects and discarding them. What a life--dad premiered Almaviva in BARBER OF SEVILLE, her sister was a famous diva, her brother a famous voice teacher. Liszt was her piano teacher and Saint-SaĆ«ns her accompanist. She collaborated with Berlioz and Chopin; Georges Sand was her mentor. Clara Schumann was a lifelong friend. Ivan Turgenev was the love of her life. Her salon was one of the most important in Paris. Gounod, Massenet, Faure, Debussy, Dickens, James... it goes on and on. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to write an opera about her.  

You can download the perusal score on this blog, with the link on the column on the right.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Speed Dating Tonight! at Baylor Opera Theatre

SpDT! cast doing the Baylor "bearclaw"

Last week I had a lovely three days at the Baylor Opera Theatre. Thanks to Jeffrey Peterson, Jen Stephenson Baker, Kathleen Kelly, and Morgan Montfacier for making it happen. 

Every time I go to visit a school, I try to record some notable performances for the SpDT! reference audios and videos. This time one of the ones I got was #34-#35 "Is it just me" here recorded by Monica Malas and Blayne Stonecipher. 

The Baylor performances are April 19 and 20, 2024 at the wonderfully named Roxy Grove Hall.