10:40 am. Instant Opera at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. The youngest opera fans, enthusiastically shouting “Bravo!” and helping our fabulous improv comedians (a.k.a. Studio Artists Evan, Anna, Josh, Alex and Michael and Coaching Fellow Michael) write and perform a world premiere opera set on Mars in which one of the characters is a an evil Zurtlecorn.
1:20 pm. Tuesday Periodic Table. Studio Artists get a crash course on patron and donor relations from guest faculty member Cory Lippiello.
2:00 pm. Staff meeting celebration. Happy Birthday, Susan!!!
3:15 pm. Carmen staging. Maya, Kevin, and director Tara Faircloth dig into Act 3.
5:52 pm. World Cup viewing during rehearsal break brings together pianists, singers from all three of our operas. (Bravi, Team USA, for a helluva game.)
6:30 pm. Final Inside the Opera preshow talk for Cesare. Telling the people about the opera. In recent years, one of my favorite things to do.
7:15 pm. Ready for M&M. Sign-in board is prepped for start of Les mamelles di Tirésias and Le pauvre matelot rehearsal period tomorrow. Let’s get surrealistic.
8:38 pm. Greeting Opera Newbies at the first intermission!
9:01 pm. Stair sitting. Like you do. Attacking the email backlog while luxuriating in the Handel wafting off The Barns stage.
10:07 pm. Chair Stacking. A WTO Olympic sport, tonight delivered in style by Grant and Kevin (thanks, guys!!!), turning the room over from preshow talk to rehearsal.
10:44 pm. Farewell to Alexandria. Bravi Ying, John, Carolyn, Renée, Eric, JC, Alex, Kara, Antony & Co. We shall miss you.