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Expansion and growth

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There comes a moment in life that begs for clarity. The life of a freelancer has its challenges and its joys. After doing it for over a decade I’ve asked myself questions about my next chapters. The answer is found in continuing to learn, to move forward in an area that I crave to explore. I worked behind a camera for six weeks and discovered new parts of myself I didn’t even know existed. It was liberating and also forced me to stay present, mindful and open for all of those days. Now I am back in the opera rehearsal room with new purpose and energy, craving to unveil more about myself and what my work can become. It’s exciting and inspiring.

The simple pleasures of the almost-countryside

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The best part about being on the road is seeing new places and meeting new people. I’m currently directing Puccini’s Il Tabarro  and Suor Angelica at Opera Delaware as part of the Puccini festival. Like some other experiences I’ve had, I’m staying as a guest of a lovely couple in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, thirty minutes from Wilmington. Commuting to and from this idyllic country-like setting has a feeling of escape to it. After a day’s work of collaborating with artists and designers I come “home” to silence, to trees, to solace, and, more often than not, a nice meal and a glass of wine thanks to the couple’s generosity. I have all of the privileges of access to many markets and shops that you could find in just about any American suburb. A highlight, however, is a weekend Amish market full of fresh food. The hustle and bustle of cities is exciting, but the simple pleasures of a warm home surrounded by nature provides an artist’s retreat and therefore allows for moments of reflection and relaxation. No wonder I always feel fresh when I go back to the rehearsal hall the next day. 

Putting up a show

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This morning in Boston we are writing light cues for my production of Albert Herring, an opera by mid-century composer Benjamin Britten. Later today we have two onstage rehearsals with a cast of 13, 8 of whom are double cast. We are creating a whimsical production that emphasizes the trapped nature of Albert’s existence and his longing for freedom. The nature of humanity is seen, dimly until the opera’s conclusion, in the distance. The production is designed and executed by students from the theatre department at Boston University and their professionalism has been most impressive. The opera students are working hard on their characterizations and are top notch singers. We open on February 7 for four performances. Be sure to join us!