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Ciao for now!

Finally, back to an audioblog for the last posting – see below. Thanks for coming along for the ride!– Kim Transcript of audio post:This was supposed to be an audioblog, but it didn’t happen. It was somehow too hard to distill and inflect things so they came out the way I wanted. So I ended

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Good Ol’ Gioachino

My audition tour colleague is an unlikely Rossini fan. He’s an American pianist born in Germany, and one would expect his tastes to run to Wagner and Strauss. And indeed they do. (He’s taking a sabbatical from Wolf Trap this summer to work on the “Ring” at Seattle Opera.) But he’s an unabashedly rabid Rossini

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Feel Like Talking Back?

Tonight’s recital (“Where the Boys Are”) was sold out months ago, and the capacity audience was captivated by these songs running the gamut from Sir Arthur Sullivan and William Bolcom to Joni Michell and Cy Coleman. Fears of alientating the audience with controversial material were unfounded. Had a few post-performance conversations about the blog, oddly

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Someone Actually Is Reading This…

All of a sudden, people are telling me how much they enjoy the blog. Just when I was getting comfortable, thinking that no one is reading it, I find out that I’d better watch what I say.

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The Naming of Things

Finally getting to spend some time in Cenerentola staging rehearsals. What fabulous voices, and how lucky we are. Yet, from an marketing standpoint, it’s a conundrum. A bit of a recap: Cinderella began life as a two-performance fully produced opera in our large outdoor venue (the Filene Center), with rented sets and costumes. About two

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Launching the "Boys"

Steve Blier is back, working with his largest Wolf Trap recital cast ever – 6 singers. Today is a landmark birthday for one of our folks, and we had a little celebration. August fatigue is setting in all around, but Steve infused us with some new energy and adrenaline. Some cutting edge subject material in

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Saturday Off

A company day off that falls on a weekend is a rare and marvelous thing. Too often, the weekly day off falls in the middle of the week, and because the rest of the world is still chugging along, we have to staff the office. Not so today. And, as if the gods knew that

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Times Have Changed

After having sunk into the depths of almost writing Giovanni supertitle translations right up until the dress rehearsal, I’m reforming. Finished the first draft of Cenerentola today. Actually have a week to edit and tweak. Tonight brought a magnificent Don Quixote by the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra. A landmark event at Wolf Trap. Back in

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Research

Our music library is just about a year old, but it’s one of the best things about our home in the Center for Education. I was desperate for something like this 20 years ago. Scores, recordings, reference books, biographies, historical programs, trade magazines. It’s a small room, but it’s packed with the building blocks of

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