10/16/09

Le Nozze di Figaro...

All the hard work of the past 6 weeks comes to fruition this weekend as the opera I am directing opens tonight at Simpson. The good news is that we are sold out for all three performances of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Because of the sellout, the past 2 night's dress rehearsals had an invited audience since there were no tickets left for the weekend. We wanted to open it up to students, faculty and patrons who were too late in line to obtain tickets for a performance.

The students have worked diligently the past 6 weeks and have learned from the experience of taking on the experience of singing a four act grand opera. As stage director, there is a lot of problem solving that goes along with a production. The dramatic interpretation, choreography, helping the singers with their acting, sets, costumes, lighting, props, fixing things that get broken, delegating jobs to assistants, working around schedules, etc... . In short, it's exhausting - but well worth the exhaustion. I have been going on 4 - 6 hours of sleep every night for the past 3 weeks and am amazed my body has adjusted to that. The lack of sleep all ends this evening as I will be able to sleep in on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I actually got 7 hours last night as I have fewer things to worry about now that all the rehearsals are finished.

I will miss Zack's football game tonight, but Mozart calls....

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