It's finally here!
After weeks of rehearsal, production meetings, problem solving, lack of sleep thanks to the late night rehearsals - Cosi fan tutte opens this evening at 7:30 p.m. on the Simpson College campus in Lekberg Hall.
I'm very happy with this one because the challenges of Cosi make it a unique piece to produce. It can be problematic for any opera company to produce, so the challenges of the piece frustrate anyone who decides to perform it. It also involves an emotional journey for the young lovers which is a style of acting and challenge none of the college students had faced before in prior productions they were cast. I think they are all rising to the occasion and ready to display what they have learned. The decision to embrace the Lekberg space is successful (in my opinion) and the minimal set design with enhanced lighting takes advantage of the architecture of Lekberg and creates a wonderful visual for all.
Now, temperatures are rising to 48 degrees today and with all of the snow melted - I'm going for a morning ride before work to wind down a bit....