David Saffert

The beginning

The morning of Jan. 11th, 2011 began cold, gray and damp, with the threat of snow. Inside the Camerata Room at The Hampton Opera Center it was warm and inviting. The artists and tour managers were introduced to each other over coffee and bagels. Before the meeting had officially started we were honored with a visit from General Director Christopher Mattaliano. He told us of his love for education and outreach, and how important Portland Opera to Go is to him and the company. He truly inspired us to dive in head first.

After that treat, we were able to meet our director, and creator of this version of Elixir, Kristine McIntyre. We dove in and started singing. The music is timeless, and coupled with the witty translation by our director, incredibly funny! Singing through the score was a treat! Our accompanist David Saffert is amazing!, and singing with Erik, Dan, and Ainsley is awesome! What a group of talent.

After lunch (pulled pork sandwich at Tennessee Red's, Located at 2133 SE 11th Ave) we were able to spend some time exploring our amazing set. I think Dr. Dulcamara’s cart is my favorite prop piece! This set is a visual treat, and great fun to play on! We started staging that very day. We are all looking forward to performing for thousands of kids all over Oregon and Washington. Also, thanks to McMenamins for being the sponsor of our tour!

Stacey Murdock

Till next time,