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Texas to California and…. The Aria Frequency List!

Transition from Houston to San Francisco. (View out the my hotel window at left.) It’s a good thing we’re not trying to combine travel with auditions today, because I’ve hit my first wall. An early morning, an uncomfortable flight, and accumulated mental fatigue. The Short List Did some work on the plane… Mostly trying to

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Day 7: Houston – Hump Day!

As of midday, it was 6.5 days down, 6.5 to go! The nasty part is that the remaining half of the tour is the most high-maintenance, travel-wise. The Houston Report Sopranos – Consider Bubbles, Beautiful Bubbles from Pasatieri’s Goose Girl. It’s in one of the new anthologies (I’m on the road, so I can’t remember

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Day 5: New York

You think you’ve had a rough audition day? Top this. It’s All About the ShoesTonight’s dinner conversation found its way to the subject of ladies’ audition and concert shoes. I don’t know how you girls do it. You look like a million bucks in those stiletto heels. But I’d have trouble staying upright, let alone

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Day 4: New York

An absolutely beautiful day in New York, the second in a row. Makes up for those 18 solid hours of pelting rain on Wednesday. We relocated today, to the 10th floor of the Rose Building at Juilliard (white tower at left). Random Aria Comments“Caro nome” – That first E-natural (“Gualtier Maldé!”) has to be on

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Day 3: New York

A busy day. Auditions for 30 singers and 1 apprentice coach. Interviews with conductors, directors. A brief visit with one of my colleagues from the San Francisco Opera Center, and a late night dinner with a long-time friend and colleague from my Washington (National) Opera days. Back then we weren’t “National”:) As a matter of

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Day 2: New York

Greetings from this AWOL Virginian, whose absentee ballot is probably being counted as we speak. Dramatic day for politics. My daughter is studying political science and foreign policy, and I usually look to her to explain these things. She called me three times today to give me updates :o) Planning on staying up past my

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Day 1: Philadelphia

Flat The first day of this year’s audition tour brings a rash of out-of-tune singing. Everyone has the occasional “off” day, and I’m well aware that a live audition isn’t going to have the pristine intonation of a recording. But I’ve been doing this for a while now, and I have to say that there

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Post-Season Ruminations

This is the time of year when the idea of balance seeps back into my consciousness. As exciting as the summer season can be, it’s rarely a time for anything approaching a healthy lifestyle. Of course, we in the performing arts are not alone in this sickness, but we’re pretty good at it. I do

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Looking for Audition Information?

Information on our fall auditions will be available soon (I promise!) at www.wolftrap.org/opera/audition.html. Our new online application process is up and running at www.wolftrapopera.org/application. The basic information, including audition tour dates and sites, may be found below. APPLICATION & AUDITION SCHEDULE Philadelphia – November 6 (Application Deadline October 6)New York – November 8 through 12

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Today’s Trilogy

1) Some advice on staying sane2) A resolution to Just Say Noand (drumroll please…)3) The final unedited audition comments installment! Take Your Family to Work If you haven’t seen Michelle Kunz’s terrific article in last month’s Classical Singer magazine, you owe it to yourself to take a look. If you’re single and/or childless, don’t be

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