It's been over a month since my last post, but I've been busy at work preparing for the craziness that almost every singer faces this time of year. December can be an extremely challenging and busy for singers between added church work, professional caroling and other holiday performances, Messiah gigs, etc.... I find myself with all of those things, plus rehearsals for Seattle Opera's Cinderella en España (which has been too much fun so far, but that's for a whole different post) and SO's production of Traviata, which was a last second contract I wasn't expecting. On top of all of this, I finally finished Figaro, sent to my singers and booked our first gig (https://www.groupmuse.com/events/4374-figaro-at-phinney-farrm?source=weekly-email). It was quite a process, but we are stoked to get this show on its feet. It also is just the beginning of a series I'm starting with Groupmuse called Operamuse, where we take operas and condense them to an hour, plus put them in English. With the Groupmuse format we are giving them opera Live in HD without having to go to an opera house or movie theater. It has the potential to be a huge thing, and I hope people enjoy it.
I'm also in the process of writing a song cycle about the eruption of Mt. St. Helens with a composer friend of mine, Spencer Arias (www.spencerariasmusic.com). I'm writing the words and he will write the music, which will be for string quartet, piano, and myself. We're looking to premiere it next May in Seattle, but it's in the baby stages at the moment.
More will come in the future, so stay tuned!