I did not realize that assembling this bench from Amazon for our set would be so much fun. Yes, my teens named the bench “Bryann.” (Pronounced like “Brian.”) They/them pronouns, please. With Brayden, Aislinn, Andrea, Carina, and Milena.
We will have our last online fundraiser for the season up in a day or so (it is pending approval by our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas), but in the meantime, you can enjoy this first entry of our Dido and Aeneas video diary, including a glimpse at our rehearsals this week, some information about the opera this year, and thoughts on the gay agenda. 🏳️🌈 😉
For the record, our version of Dido and Aeneas *does* have a pretty gay agenda. As per our *other* unofficial motto.
It is only day three of rehearsals, and this is where we’re at.
My life for the next six weeks. I can’t believe rehearsals start tomorrow. 😂 And yes, the music you actually see there is originally from King Arthur. But now it’s in Dido and Aeneas. As our unofficial motto explains, “If they didn’t want us to mess with it, they shouldn’t have died.”
Here’s the one photo *I* managed take at the recital this evening (Paul, of course, took real ones), but this was such a great and hilarious moment with our two alumni singers and their very similar school water bottles. More wonderful, of course, was hearing how beautifully they are singing after their first year as vocal performance majors. I could not be more proud of them, or of all my students who performed tonight. Everyone has grown so much! Thanks, everyone, for coming out tonight to hear my wonderful teens sing. And thanks, wonderful teens, for all your hard work and developing artistry. 💜