NYC Days 3 & 4: Short List! Food!

Today, the first look at the operas that have ended up on the first iteration of our “short list” of possible rep for 2015.

But first, doughnuts!!!

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These landed in our room this morning, thanks to our every-thoughtful auditions monitor. The Doughnut Plant is just a few blocks south. (I’m so sad that I know that now…) We shared them with the front desk and the singers, of course!

Now, as I promised, a list of the operas that are currently at the front of our consciousness as we listen to prospective singers for next summer. Alpha, by composer. This list will morph significantly as we continue to hear auditions; the voice types represented by the singers in whom we are the most interested will dictate which of these operas end up on the 2015 season.

Britten – The Rape of Lucretia

Cimarosa – Il matrimonio segreto

Corigliano – The Ghosts of Versailles

Donizetti – La fille du régiment

Dove – Flight

Floyd – Susannah

Gassmann – L’opera seria

Glass – Orphée

Gluck – L’ile de Merlin

Haydn – Il mondo della luna

Haydn – La vera costanza

Keiser – Croesus

Massenet – Cendrillon

Mozart – Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Mozart – Il re pastore

Mozart – La clemenza di Tito

Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro

Rossini – Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini – La cenerentola

Rossini – La pietra di paragone’

Sullivan – The Gondoliers

Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin

lsAnd just so you don’t despair that our Manhattan stay was completely consumed by things like doughnuts, we want to recommend Westville in Chelsea. More fresh, interesting and healthy vegetable sides than I have ever seen. I may have eaten beets, squash, plantains, broccoli, brussel sprouts and leeks all at one meal…

We’re off to the midwest this weekend – see you in a few days.


Gary O'Connor

Crossing my fingers for Il re pastore. The top vier Mozart operas are done everywhere all the time (and they’re wonderful). But we fans rarely get to see the other ones, especially Il re pastore.


Gary – RE PASTORE has fallen off the list, sadly. We’re hearing a lot of good low voices this year, and that reduces the likelihood of choosing a baritone/bass-free opera as one of our three productions… – Kim

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