A 14-week season is not exactly a distance run. Compared with much larger opera companies’ marathon seasons, ours is probably more like a 400-meter dash. Nevertheless, we’ve paced ourselves for an August 20th finish line, and I don’t think I could go a step farther.
Much has been said about this particular WTOC season, for in many ways it stood apart. We did increase the number of new productions from 2 to 3 (a 50% increase is nothing to sneeze at in a company our size!), and we took some significant risks with our programming. But we take great satisfaction and pride in this season in spite of these factors, not because of them. 2008 is really just another entry in a long unbroken line of accomplishments and artistic growth for our artists and staff.
The psychic fatigue began to set in the minute I let my guard down tonight, and I know from experience that it’ll take a little while to rediscover my customary energy and optimism. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the echoes of the beautiful music and the many laughs that accompanied these last months. Verdi, Bernstein, Bolcom, Handel, Brahms and Strauss weren’t too shabby as summer companions.
I’m going underground – away from email for a couple of weeks, and from blogging for about a month. I’ll see you in September.