Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Viva la liberta! - Don Giovanni Review

My first professional review is out!  It's published online now, but it will be included in Opera21's PDF magazine later in the month.

It was an honor to be asked to cover NYOE's Don Giovanni.  Not only is it one of my favorite operas, but it's a company that I respect and believe in. 

Here's a little taste:

New York Opera Exchange, a relatively new opera company based in New York City, presented Don Giovanni as their full production of the 2012-2013 season.  The brutally alluring set, comprised simply of a black wall with a bleeding red “VIVA la LIBERTÀ” in the upper left corner, worked well for this down-to-earth 1960s version of Mozart’s classic opera.  Director Jennifer Shorstein used her limited space well, moving furniture into and out of the space as needed.  She also highlighted the stark red text by creating poignant tableaus with her singers in front of it...

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

NYC Weekend

I'm spending a lot of time in NYC this weekend.  (And, inevitably, a lot of time traveling there.)  But, it's all opera and music and friends, so it's worth it.

Tonight I'll be attending New York Opera Exchange's production of Don Giovanni.  If you're in the area, you should really check it out.  If you're there tonight, be sure to say hi!

Tomorrow, I'll be attending a lovely recital by one of my OperaRox buddies, Jamie.  I'll also be meeting up with some other OperaRoxers (including Opera21's Jennifer Choi) for some much-needed coffee.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a roundtable discussion with Dawn Upshaw and alumni from the VAP program.  It was incredible to hear about the wide range of success of the alums since their graduation.  It only solidified what I already knew: that this program teaches you, first and foremost, how to find what is most unique about you, what you are most passionate about, and then it gives you the tools to make your goals happen.  The alums are doing everything from opera to new music to creating their own music festivals.  It gave me a lot of hope and confidence when I saw how other singers have taken so much from this program and applied to their lives in order to achieve their artistic desires.  Again, I am so excited and honored to be a part of this fantastic program.

So, toi toi toi to all the performers tonight!  I'm looking forward to experiencing all the thrills of Mozart's Don Giovanni.