Posts Categorized: 2017 Season

Touchstone Takeoff

Monday morning’s Touchstone costume design presentation included phrases like “Jay Gatsby Meets the Kardashians” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Regency.” What a fun and witty approach to this show! (Or, as director E. Loren Meeker is fond of saying, “fabulously wackadoodle”:)) There’s great dramaturgy and design behind the fun, though. Erik Teague’s costumes honor the period of origin, allowing us

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“You see the fire of the evening…”

Steven Blier continues to blog about his upcoming Four of a Kind Wolf Trap concert (June 3 & 4)! Today’s installment focuses on Poulenc’s “Tu vois le feu du soir” – “Poulenc’s music glides like a gentle boat ride, rapt with adoration and appreciation. It was the composer’s favorite song, and his longest.” Poulenc: Tu vois le feu

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Hi-ho, Four of a Kind!

Today and tomorrow, we are fortunate to hear from Steve Blier of the New York Festival of Song. On today’s NYFOS blog (No Song is Safe from Us), Steve shares his excitement about his upcoming Four of a Kind performances at The Barns: Gershwin: Hi-Ho!  

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Getting Ready to Listen

The first week of rehearsals for Listen, Wilhelmina! is in the books. Ranger Nat and wombats Winston, Wallis and Wilhelmina will perform this brand new opera for 3,000 preschoolers in mid-May. (And you can catch a show – with or without a preschooler in tow – in July!) I mentioned to librettist Kathleen Kelly and composer David

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Christmas in April

One of the best things about April is the design deadlines. (Well, maybe not from the perspective of the designers, but…)  Every few days brings new “gifts” to be unwrapped – a notification that costume sketches are ready for download or set model photos are waiting to be viewed. From here on out, the shows

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A Supertitle Sunday

My Easter Sunday was probably not like yours. In my down time yesterday morning (I’ve been a church musician for 47 years, so this isn’t my first rodeo…), I tried to catch up on work by writing supertitles. But it was a little disorienting to sandwich Scarpia between services, and translating Tosca while in a church does create

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From 0 to 60*

Just about 12 weeks ago, we were fresh off our fall audition tour, staring at an exciting and maddening void. No rep planned, no performances scheduled, no one hired. And somehow, tomorrow we go on sale. 3 opera productions on our main stages, 2 additional productions in exciting new places, a great 10th anniversary scenes program for our Studio

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