It’s been a while since I grabbed a moment to sit down and write here, though the reason for that is mostly that the thing taking up the majority of my brain space lately is something I don’t feel like I should talk about publicly in any kind of detail. Before I get to that, though, here’s what else is going on.
Preparations are slowly underway for 2019’s summer opera production, Handel’s Rinaldo. The English adaptation is progressing slowly, and I’m also toying with keeping quite a number of the arias in Italian this time around, if we think the audience can take it. Emotional numbers like “Cara sposa,” “Venti, turbini,” “Mio cor,” “Lascia ch’io pianga,” and so on will sing much better in Italian, and there is so much repeated text, that I’m hoping we might be able to get away with program translations and kickass acting as our main tools. We’ll definitely go English with all the recitative, some of the more explanatory arias (“Sovra Balze,” for instance), and the duets, but maybe it’s time to push the envelope with our local audiences a bit on the rest. [Read more…]