I'm having a fabulous time working on Jason Charney's "How the Ginko Got Its Smell," an art song for mezzo and piano that I'll be performing on November 6 as part of his composition recital. The process of working on a contemporary piece is so rewarding...when you start off you're not sure how it will all sound, but as you put together the pieces the shape of the composition emerges and you can start to play with it. You can check out Jason's website here.
Yesterday we closed "Turandot" to our 4th fabulous, sold-out crowd. Some of my favorite parts of the production: making rapid costume changes between peasant and handmaiden in Act I, being part of the savage mob threatening Liu in Act III, sharing the stage with opera legend Samuel Ramey, and hearing the principals' arias up close (I feel like I had the best seats in the house!).
We already have two music rehearsals for "Nixon in China" this week, so I've loaded up my iPod and am listening away. The music is VERY different from Puccini! And, I'm excited to be digging into my friend Jason Charney's art song, "How the Ginko Got Its Smell," which will be part of his composition recital November 6.
You can see a gallery of pictures from the Lyric Opera Kansas City's production of "Turandot" on their blog, plus check out interviews from the leading cast members and more!
The Lyric Opera's first opera in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Puccini's "Turandot," opened last night to a sold-out audience! It was great to have a performance after all the hard work we've been doing in our rehearsals, and a thrill to perform for such an enthusiastic audience! Check out the review of the production in the Kansas City Star. Now for a few days off (gives me a chance to look at some new solo rep!) before our Wednesday night show!