Hello Readers! I have been a little bit MIA lately to pursue a project for my other passion—opera. I have the privilege of singing in the chorus for the Livermore Valley Opera’s production of La Traviata, opening this weekend (March 9, 10, 16, 17 in Livermore, and March 13 in Napa!). The chorus began rehearsals under the direction of Alexander Katzman at the end of January. I’ve been waking up at 5:30am every day to study my music before work! Stage director Brian Luedloff cooked up a great production concept, and it is just about realized (fingers crossed).
Our principal singers have all been phenomenal as well, and so fun to get to know. However, the most heartwarming part of the production is the community that supports the opera company. A veritable army of dedicated volunteers raise funds, mend costumes, house singers, sing, usher, feed crew and performers, and more. They are incredible, and I am ever so grateful for their support of the arts!
This week is tech week, where we have rehearsals every evening until 11pm. I have been running on adrenaline, cheese, chocolate, and Vietnamese cuisine. Phew. I am so looking forward to tonight’s final dress rehearsal, and of course, opening night! It’s always a strange feeling to work intensely with 60+ people for several months, only to have the project end in just a few short weekends. All of our work only shows in those 2.5 hours of time the lights are on onstage. That’s the beauty of opera—the lasting impressions made by those short, intense moments! I am addicted to it.
If you are interested in checking it out, you’ll have the added bonus of seeing me get slung over a matador’s shoulder.
I will have photos soon!