October 2011

Tidbits from here, there and everywhere!

Here are some tidbits from the last week.

Figaro Rehearsal Notes

Rehearsal notes are sent daily from the stage manager to all of us in production who may need to make changes during the rehearsal process -- these might be changes to the set, the electrics, the costumes, the props, the sheet music, the makeup, or more. Here's a sample:

1. The Count (David Pittsinger) removes one shoe onstage.
2. The Count puts Marcellina's veil on her onstage -- it will need combs or something to make this singer-proof.

1. Please ADD a shoe horn.
2. Please ADD a hip flask.
3. Please ADD 6 rifles with carrying straps.
4. Please ADD a large bouquet for Cherubino. It should be weeds/wildflowers and not too pretty.

Really Awesome News

Last Sunday, October 9, our very own Caitlin Mathes, POSA mezzo, won the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions! The MONC auditions, held once a year, exist to discover young talent, to provide a venue for young singers from all around the country to be heard by a representative of the Metropolitan Opera, and to find the next new talent for the Metropolitan Opera and the Met Opera's Lindemann Young Artist program.

You can learn more about the MONC auditions here.

Caitlin shares the win with Albert J. Glueckert, tenor. Both singers reeceived $1,500 and will advance to the next round of auditions, to be held in Seattle in January. Winners of the Seattle auditions will move on to the semi-final round, held at the Metropolitan Opera in April.

We are so proud of all our POSAs who auditioned, and congratulations, Caitlin!

Overheard in the Office

"I've been working on my tenor sob. I'm holding a master class: Italian verismo sobbing. I'm very good."