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Four audition days in the rearview, eleven to go. Random observations on auditions so far, shared from Terminal B at CVG airport, where we were deposited by a chatty Uber driver, where I can’t find a water bottle filling station (3 for 3 airports so far… what the heck?), and where we are over an

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Untranslatable Words: Audition Tour Edition

Untranslatable Words

During her pre-audition visit to LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Lee Anne picked up a box of Untranslatable Words (20 cards of Perfect Words from Other Languages). We’ve decided to feature one of them on each day of this 2019 Season Audition Tour. Check back here or on the WTO Facebook page for updates! MONO NO

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List of Starter Arias

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Hi, singer friends. As y’all are preparing your aria packages for this audition season, I thought you might want to see these lists of first arias from last year’s audition tour. Unlike the master Aria Frequency Lists (which represent the full complement of 4 arias that singers put on their applications), these starter aria lists represent the

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Numbers

Numbers

Today, a few interpretations of audition tour statistics. Numbers can tell stories. Important stories. But a single set of statistics can sometimes tell stories that seem at odds with one another. First, the raw numbers: Audition Tour 2019 1,134 applications – a 300% increase from just a couple of decades ago. 444 auditions scheduled 3% expected to

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Empathy

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As I fire up this engine to chronicle this year’s audition tour (and how is it happening as early as September 13…?), I see that I abandoned the blog in the middle of this past season. So many good things went undocumented, so many beautiful stories were untold. But regret is cheap; it’s now time

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Roméo et Juliette Opens Tomorrow

Dress rehearsal was last night. Opening performance is sold out, but there are tickets available for next week. I never cease to be amazed by the way The Barns reinvents itself with every beautiful new production, and the way our artists rise to the challenges we toss their way.

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The Summer Centrifuge

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Slightly off-topic today, a post dedicated to my fellow arts administrators. And to anyone who experiences the agonies and thrills of meeting a critical deadline, shipping a product, or climbing any sort of steep mountain. The Rotor I’ve clearly never been inside a centrifuge, and my scientific knowledge of them is limited to what little I

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Standing on the Precipice

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I’ve done a bad job of writing about this amazing Mozart opera that opens on Friday at The Barns. Truth is, all of the conversations worth having about it are long-form. And life hasn’t given me long form opportunities in the last couple of weeks. Instead I offer pictures. Worth 1,000 words, as they say. There’s

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