Wow! Time is starting to race as the count-down to Portland Opera To Go blast off begins. All of my performers arrive here bright and early on January 11 to start rehearsals for our brand new production of The Elixir of Love. I cannot wait, because that means that all of the odds and ends I am currently putting together will be done and the fun stuff will begin! Man, this is the part that drives me nuts: booking hotels, creating schedules, confirming dates and times—all the little details. This year it is even more imperative that I get it done now, rather than during rehearsals, because not only do we have a new show this year, but a new tour manager—ME!
Now, I have tour managed before. I’ve been a regular employee with Portland Opera since 2000. After singing with our outreach tour, I was hired to be the Education Assistant and the Tour Manager, but I haven’t tour managed since 2004—I became the Manager of Education & Outreach and have been office bound for the last 6 years. Well, not quite. I went out with Opera Improv in the Spring of 2010 as both performer and tour manager, which was great fun, but didn’t entail a set and costumes. This year, it is the full-meal deal. I have to say, I am really looking forward to driving the box truck again, but not so excited about the o’dark:thirty call times! What was I thinking when I booked these things?!! I tell you, it is constitutionally impossible for me to say no to school children in need of opera.