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We’re All Mad Here

At rehearsal of the “mad scene”…

Sometimes opera rehearsals just look like really awkward meetings–where there’s guns and knifes.

Nili: Oh, Tomer, you’re the best director EVER!
Tomer: All I’m doing is subbing in as Edgardo for Scott.
Kris (in background): Why doesn’t Tomer hold me like that? Baritones have needs, too.

My gal Val Valerie, doing her best stage manager stare.


This chicken chose the wrong place to roost.

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The Only Time You’ll Hear Our Opera Singers On Microphones

You would think opera singers would be the loudest talkers ever. I mean, their singing voice can powerfully carry through a huge theater. But, no. Maybe they just save their voices for all the singing, but they can be some soft talkers.

Fortunately, we have learned to provide a mic at our Meet the Cast events. What did we learn about our singers last night?

In addition to raising chickens, Scott likes to totally disconnect for two weeks each year–and take off on his motorcycle.

Both Tomer (on the left) and Nili (standing) were born in Israel, though Nili doesn’t have an accent because she was raised partly in America. She admits to being a politics nerd–if she wasn’t an opera singer, she’d probably pursue international relations and Middle East policy.

Jordan discussed the challenge of life of the road–for him it’s being away from his wife, who is also an opera singer. But technology makes keeping in touch a lot easier; he says he is on Skype everyday with her.

Technology can help singers in other ways, too. It’s become way easier to record oneself, and Nili noted that if she really needed to, she could Skype a lesson with her voice teacher.
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I miss you. I hope we can be together soon.

Lurve,
Carl

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Pimp My Peep

Finally, someone brought me a new Peep. Sure, I have Giacomo here, but–what do they say?–make new friends and keep the old.

This Peep is pimped out–with a suit of chocolate armor.

Yeah, the chocolate kinda obscures any features, but we’ll take his company anyway.

Everyone… meet Wolfgang.
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Eco-Carl: Wood’nt That Be Nice

A drizzly, gray day in Cleveland? Why it’s perfect for hauling giant slabs of wood!

I have mentioned before that we have a partnership with Philips Healthcare. They produce huge CAT and PET scanners, among other health care machines. Huge machines require huge boxes for shipping. Huge boxes require huge pieces of wood.


What happens to this wood after they are done shipping? That’s where we come in. Our partnership saves some of this wood from hitting the landfill, and it provides us with great raw materials for building up stage sets. It also saves us money, and how can you go wrong with that?

So I accompanied the two Lisas and Sarah to Philips to pick up a load of wood. (And I mean, a load–I could build a VERY large chicken coop with it.)

Sarah is smiling because this pick up saved us over $3,000!!

Teaching the next generation how to be eco-friendly.

Kish should always drive with a chicken on her shoulder. Everyone should.

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Seperated At Birth?

Renee Fleming as Thais

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The Celtic Woman?
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Something To Crow About

Please excuse this interruption to my irregularly scheduled opera prattle for a glimpse at my little trip to lovely Milwaukee. Ok, ok, the only glimpse you actually get is of the Harley-Davidson Museum, but, really, what more do you need?

Our Board President Pauline giving me the what-for.

Will has found a new mode of commuting to the office. (I believe the correct term is “crotch rocket.”)

Ha–chickens are everywhere! The opera…Harley-Davidson museums. (Watch out, we’re coming for your children next.)
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Punting To The Lucias

So much opera, so little time. Lately, that’s been my mantra. And by “opera,” I don’t just mean the music, I mean all the work that goes into opera–which we’re in thick of here.

So forgive me as I punt this post to some madness on YouTube. Take your pick of your favorite Lucia:

I know which one I prefer.
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File Away, Young Chicken

What does an opera staff want to do most on a cold February day? Sort through 20-year old files in a cold warehouse, of course!

It was a requisite of Warehouse Move 2010 (aka Kish’s Headache 2010) to assess all the archived files from the opera’s history. The options: save, recycle or shred. LOTS will be recycled, but I made sure to keep a few interesting pieces that I will share with you guys.

This photo shows only about a third of all the boxes. Why, yes, the staff looks like they are about to go camping! (We would have had plenty of kindling, let me tell you.)

William: I’m the luckiest guy in the world! I get paid to sit among empty paint cans and sift through 30 years of audit papers!

Sarah: This memo from 1983 is utterly fascinating. Should I keep it? It’s such a toss up to keep it or the invoice for 35 pounds of cookies in 1994.

Either Lisa is recycling with super speed (entirely possible) or I blurred the photo because she made a naughty gesture at me (also, entirely possible).


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Don’t Get The Wrong Idea




There’s perfectly good reasons why the opera office has a gallon of vegetable oil, a box of knee pads, a bunch of stethoscopes, a bevy of undergarments and a boar’s head. But you’ll just have to figure it out yourself. Thoughts?
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