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.

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  1. Interesting – I didn’t realize we weren’t going to have a banda.  We hired one for Ballo last season, so I’m not sure why we can’t do it again.  Or were those pit musicians who were able to get in costume and onstage in time?