It’s the last day of 2018, so I’m thinking about the year that’s passed, like everybody else today. I often feel conflicted at the end of a year, but I can’t remember a recent year that’s left the future feeling quite as uncertain as this one has. To be clear, I don’t necessarily think of that as a negative. I’m a person who has historically sought change for its own sake, and I tend to view an uncertain path as one that’s wide-open—more like an unplanned road trip over a bright midwestern highway than an unguided hike through a haunted forest. That said, I really don’t know what to make of 2018.
I’ve been doing some angsting out loud over questions of sustainability and the viability of the Opera Workshop in the community, which is sort of the inevitable result of the dust clearing on a financially difficult year. When the excitement over the summer’s artistic successes begins to pass, what I’m left with is the practical realities in front of me, which never seem to get any easier and which were especially rough this year, on all fronts. But before I let myself do a really deep dive into those unavoidable realities, I want to take a long moment to express my gratitude to everyone who made Dido and Aeneas such an incredible experience and probably my favorite opera we’ve done to date. Because no matter how much hand-wringing and hair-pulling I’m doing over the practical, business-y aspects of this thing, that gratitude is REAL. [Read more…]
I love this little mini-documentary Paul made about our “10 out of 12” rehearsal day on Tuesday! Featuring Alexa King and Andrea Tuthill as well as all the cast! Get a taste of what’s in store, and join us at Eastworks tonight through Saturday at 8:00PM to hear this and more with our complete orchestra! 💜