After Die Fledermaus, my other big project has been opera scenes. The primary goal of these scenes is to introduce new and challenging music to students without the pressure of singing a full-length opera all while they learn to act and move while watching the conductor’s baton. Whew. Opera is hard, and scenes are a great way to get more practice in it.
I’ve directed these, and tonight I’ll be conducting as well. I’m also singing in one of them, though I promise that it wasn’t my original intention to do so. A student decided late that he wanted to participate, so I wanted to give him that chance.
Speaking of the students, they’ve put in a ton of work here, and I’m very proud of them all. As always, it’s really fun to watch people grow and explore their talents.
We open tonight at 7:30, and we’ll have a repeat performance on Sunday at 5:00. Admission is free. These will be a lot of fun, so if you’re in the Las Cruces or El Paso area, then you should definitely plan on attending.