January 2012

Happy New Year!

It's a new year, everybody!  We are in the midst of gearing up for everything. Once we get back from the holidays, things around here are pretty relentlessly busy until the season closes. Here is a taste of what's going on:

Madame Butterfly cast members come in tomorrow night, and we'll hit the ground running with rehearsals on Wednesday. The chorus began rehearsing at the end of December; orchestra musicians already have their music. The set is built downstairs in our rehearsal space. We're so excited to get going again. We've had two months without opera!

Our 2012-2013 season will be revealed this Thursday, January 12. I've known next year's lineup for months, but I'm afraid I'm sworn to secrecy! Just trust me: it's big. Stay tuned.

Soprano Lindsay Ohse will give the second in our Portland Opera Studio Artist recital series on January 31 at Portland Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium. Lindsay will be performing songs by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Poulenc. She is a charming performer -- it's going to be a beautiful recital.

The company holiday party is tomorrow. Those of us on the committee have reached that party planning moment when you're kind of out of your mind with the number of things left to do. You know that moment? Inside my brain right now, it sounds like this: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

But despite our half-panic, we'll pull it together as we always do. Much of today and tomorrow will be spent setting up the party rooms, hanging lights, running to the store for last minute items. I've mentioned we throw a great party, right? We throw a great party.

Some of my costumes from years past: