Hello from Houston.
Since we finished our fall season on the weekend with the last performances of Aida and Death in Venice, I went to New York yesterday for the Met debut of my old friend Ed Gardner, now the Music Director of English National Opera. When we first met eleven years ago at the Salzburg Festival he was a rehearsal pianist and I was an intern in the artistic administration. He did a great job with the Met's revival of Carmen. I would love to have him come to the COC. Working on it.
Today, I got up at 4:30 a.m. to catch my flight to Houston that allowed me to arrive in time for for the 10:00 a.m. school matinee of Madama Butterfly. This is a beautiful new production by the British director Michael Grandage which, for school purposes, had been slightly cut to a performance of two hours without intermission. It was quite amazing to see the vast auditorium of the Wortham Center filled with cheering school children. Butterfly really does work with all age groups.
This afternoon David Feheley, our Technical Director, Lee Milliken, our Production Manager and I attended the design and concept presentation for a new production of Rossini's Barber of Seville which the COC will co-produce with Houston Grand Opera.
Tomorrow, we will see Neil Armfield's new production of Peter Grimes.
I better not talk about the temperatures in Houston, but will instead post a photo of the brave members of our Ensemble Studio who just arrived in Timmins for performances of our school tour version of Cinderella, a 45-minute combined version of Rossini's La Cenerentola and Massenet's Cendrillon. Our second school tour opera, Isis and the Seven Scorpions by the COC's own Dean Burry is also on the road already.
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