Friends, I’m pushing fifty. And by “pushing fifty” I mean that I’m about to turn 49 in just a few days, and from that point on, I’m really on my way. I’m also in the midst of raising money for my teen opera workshop‘s summer production of Dido and Aeneas, to be performed at Eastworks in August. The work I’m doing with Act Too Studio Opera Workshop is honestly the thing I’m most proud of in my (just short of) fifty years. I’ve dedicated my heart and soul to making opera relevant to a new generation, and when I say “heart and soul” I really mean everything that I am, my time, my mental and emotional capacity, and what passes for physical strength. The Whole Melinda is in this thing, so there’s nothing I’d want more for my birthday than the support of my friends in this endeavor.
To that end, I’d like to dedicate my forty-ninth birthday to a little fundraiser for the cause! Here’s how it works: [Read more…]