As of Saturday, with the help of our fearless leaders, Alexis Hamilton & Kristine McIntyre, POGO has already completed the staging of The Magic Flute. Everyone is excited to bring this revival to the masses across the State. I, for one, may just bust from excitement before our second week of rehearsals can be completed. Our morning starts have been given a little boost by the close proximity of coffee and chocolate bars, but the ball quickly gets rolling and we’re off to the races for the rest of the day.
|A few photos from our rehearsals! |
We have lots of great treats to offer this year! Returning POGO members are Ainsley Soutiere as “Pamina,” (that's me!) Dru Rutledge as “Papagena / 2nd Lady,” Stacey Murdock reviving the role of “Papageno,” collaborative pianist David Saffert, and tour manager Samm Hawkins. We are also so excited to have new friends from all over the country join us! Anthony Ballard as “Tamino,” Claudia Chapa as “3rd Lady,” Kevin Bertin as “Sarastro” and Ksenia Popova as “The Queen of the Night / 1st Lady”. These new artists have so much to offer to POGO, the kids, and are fantastic singers to boot! Stay tuned to the blogs, you will love their approach to this experience.
This year also holds a very special treat for everyone, including us singers, for what would The Magic Flute be with out a … FLUTE! We are SO lucky that our tour manager extraordinaire is also an accomplished flautist (among so may other things… really… this guy can do it ALL). He adds a lovely je ne sais quoi to the opera, and we are grateful.
There is lots more in store for this season, so we hope you can watch for our blogs, and as a side note, many of the artists will be taking part in other upcoming shows around the city including David’s famous birthday show, Sam portraying Sherlock Holmes in a one man show, and Ksenia singing her heart out in the Met competition up in Seattle.
We are so looking forward to getting started, and especially pumped to show off our production to our colleagues at the Opera and some other special guests this coming Friday.
— Ainsley Soutiere, Soprano
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