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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Short bits

Lots of meetings this week and next, lots of planning to do: budgets, schedules, research, design thoughts. It's a fun time, frankly.
There'll be a big announcement next month, on this blog, so stay tuned. I will tell you that Opera McGill will be EVERYWHERE next year - on campus, off campus, on the web. A huge and exciting project is coming together and I'm excited!
Otherwise, next season at McGill looks to be our Wirth Black Box Festival in early November -- evenings of one acts that I will choose after listening to the fall auditions. January of 2011 will bring the wonderful La Boheme, followed by our Baroque opera, Handel's Imeneo (last heard at Glimmerglass in 2002 maybe?). I think that'll be a Canadian premiere -- have to check on that one!
My personal gig list is filling up as well: two Kennedy Center semi-staged concerts (Verdi, then Mahler -- yes, staging Mahler!), a trip to Rome to present a paper titled "Spatial Leitmotifs" for an International Conference on Design (as in industrial, technical, architectural, etc. design), and another gig that has no contract yet so I won't write that one down (it's a superstition.)
This summer I'll be blogging, once again, from Brevard and hope to keep everyone up to date on what's going on DAILY. So look for quick updates and some photos from rehearsals and trips into the mountains. Brevard students - spread the word!
The snow has melted, the sun is out and I'm heading into a McGill graduate student sub-committee.