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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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Vitamin D

Spring at last. At least for today. I’m not a sun worshipper – my northern European bloodlines don’t allow me to last long out there. But a small dose on a March afternoon was just what the doctor ordered. Lowering My Standards When I started blogging, I was told that you can spot the newbies

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Here We Go Again

Audition comments are back. Mostly because blogging is taking a back seat to my actual work, on which I am woefully and almost irretrievably behind. Photo at the left from a break during Friday’s chorus auditions, which went very well, thank you! Comments are excerpted but unedited, randomized so that they’re anonymized. (I know that’s

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Aviaries and Tuning Forks

Maybe it was turning the calendar over to March that did it. But it’s all about the birds today. The robins have come back to the bird feeder outside my office window. The cardinal that spent the entire winter bashing himself against said window has mysteriously and thankfully moved on. And the woodpecker that marks

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Exit Right

Prior to this winter, I’ve only blogged during the high-drama portions of our annual cycle – namely, the summer performing season and the autumn audition tour. The idea to continue writing throughout this winter was born of a desire to provide some continuity and to demonstrate how critical the rest of our operation is. You

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Danger, Will Robinson

Multiple requests this week to talk about last Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Mid-Atlantic Regional finals at the Kennedy Center. I was one of three judges, and I’ve gotten emails, calls, and blog comments asking for some detail on how the panel arrived at its decisions. Of course, that’s pretty much not possible without

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Cheaper than Therapy

A few weeks ago I started getting responses to the unedited audition comments that I’d begun to post. Some feedback came in the form of posted comments (anyone can comment on an entry by clicking the link at the bottom), some were emails sent to my address (see right), and others were posted on forums

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