Posts Categorized: Blog

The Attention Span of a Gnat

A few links today. With apologies for the fact that I seem to be incapable of a clear, linear thought. First, this on the PBS blog “Mediashift” – some thoughts on the “Attention Economy.” Very much on my mind at this time of year when we’re trying to put together season marketing materials. If I

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Ice Day

Ah, the Wintry Mix. It means that I get to catch up on the blog, nag my son about cleaning his room, finish the audition feedback requests, and attack a 3-month backlog of ironing. Feedback Back when I was doing my music therapy degree, we used to study biofeedback. In the mid-70’s it was a

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But What Do You Do in the Winter?

Ah, the “off-season.” As in, “It must be nice to work for a summer opera company. What do you do the rest of the year?” Truthfully, it still boggles my mind. We are literally scrambling, working through the evenings to meet deadlines. How can there not be enough hours in the day in February? Planning

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Adventures in Blogging

Each day a few more of you are finding your way to this new blog address. Welcome back! I had an exciting and unfortunate time in cyberspace at the end of December when I followed Blogger’s instructions to change the URL address… See, I had intended to phase out the blog during 2006, so its

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Announcing the Wolf Trap Opera Studio

Big news today. We’re launching a new division of the Wolf Trap Opera Company next summer – an introductory tier designed for singers who are just about to finish or who have recently finished their undergraduate work. It’s called the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, and auditions will be held in February 2007. Go here for

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All Over the Map

I’m drowning in dry-erase boards. Most of the time, I’m blissfully content with spreadsheets and databases. But there’s something about trying to figure out how an opera season might assemble itself that wants to be played out on a large screen. So I’ve absconded with most of the large white boards I could find, spelled

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Days 12 & 13: The Barns

Nice to be back home, but the tendency to multi-task is disconcerting. On the road it’s easy to pretend that auditioning is the only thing we have to do. Coming back here reminds me that there are so many other things to deal with, and miles to go before we sleep. Some lovely auditions this

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Day 11: Chicago

Greetings from the shore of Lake Michigan. More Audition Rep NotesCertain arias that I’ve grown accustomed to hearing frequently in previous years are barely making an appearance this year. Some of them I don’t miss, frankly, at least not in an audition context – among them, The Trees on the Mountain (I still enjoy it,

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Days 9 & 10: Cincinnati

After over a week’s worth of hotels, planes, trains, venues, and assorted electronics operating flawlessly, it’s time for a little chaos theory. The flight from California to Ohio went well, and following it immediately with 4 hours of auditions at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, while not a great idea, actually worked fairly well. But

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The Short List and… Auditioning the Second Time Around

OK, I promised. Here’s what’s still in play for possible operas at The Barns next summer. In no particular order. AlcinaA Midsummer Night’s DreamDie Entführung aus dem Serail The Rape of LucretiaL’étoileIl re pastoreI Capuleti ed i MontecchiLa pietra del paragoneSemeleLinda di ChamounixIl ritorno d’Ulisse in patriaVolpone Così fan tutte And, because of the peculiar

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