It’s 12:10 AM and I’m still up. I got home at about 11:20. Most of my colleagues live further away. Some, in fact, probably just arrived home … unless they are still on the road.

Cenerentola turns out to be about 3 hours and 5 minutes long. Longer than I expected. And this is with some cuts!

I don’t recognize the following, for instance, so either I fall asleep during the opera at some point, or we cut this:

Some nights feel longer than others, too. This was a “longer than others” sort of night. I think it’s just because I was tired, and I’m thinking of this week and all that has to be accomplished before Thanksgiving day, when we will have something like fifteen people here for a meal.

Tomorrow our performance is at 3:00. We’ll see if that feels like a “longer than others” kind of performance, or if it speeds by. Time will tell. Possibly literally, even.

What fun to find these videos with Frederica Von Stade:

And now to bed with me!


  1. I don’t have my score with me (it’s in the car). And there are no subtitles on that video. But I’d guess that’s Alidoro’s aria where he tells Angelina that he’s sending her to the ball, and providing her with the wardrobe and transportation to get there. And yes, it was cut.

    OK, yes, as I watch the video more, that’s obviously what it is.

    I’m realizing that the reason I thought the opera would be shorter is that until we had you all with us we never did the overture. And when we’d take breaks at the intermissions, they would only be 10 minutes long. So add another 10-15 minutes (total) to the intermissions, plus 5 minutes or so for the overture, and presto: the opera’s longer than I thought it would be.

    Part of me wishes we could shorten the intermissions (even when I’m in the audience, I don’t like long intermissions). But you all don’t get breaks throughout the performance like we do. And in that second intermission I have full costume & wig/hair change and I need every minute I can get.

  2. I figured it was about sending her to the ball too. I’m sorry we have to put in these cuts, and yet I think the audience prefers shorter operas too. (I realize it’s mostly our “fault” in the pit!)

    I’d be up with shorter intermissions too, actually, but I’m guessing the string players, who seem to play constantly, like the time to relax.

    One hour until I depart for the gig. I’m guessing you may already have done that. Hmmm.