01. February 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out.

-Gian Carlo Menotti

01. February 2007 · Comments Off on Menotti · Categories: Announcements, imported

It has been reported that Gian Carlo Menotti died today. He was 95.

I had an Opera San José rehearsal today for La Traviata. I was relieved that I wasn’t asked to play the banda part; it’s really grueling to add that to the book, and I really can use the break. It’s terribly disappointed that those who are playing are playing from the pit, and I feel sorry for them. I realize that’s OSJ’s way of avoiding hiring more musicians, but the poor folks are playing non-stop for a good long time, and are now told that they are playing too loudly. Well DUH … if they were playing from in the wings the problem would be solved. Alas, there is no time for the pit musicians to go upstairs and play.

I sure hope Opera San José eventually chooses to hire banda folks. To me it’s so very important.

It is, after all, what the composer requested.

Now I rest up for tonight’s Camelot performance. I have double service days through Sunday, and I have no day off until … hmmm … looks to be February 15. Work is very good. But so is a day off! I’m not complaining, but I think I’ll make sure I keep that day an oboefree™ day.