29. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

We had our final Opera San José performance yesterday. The Puccini double bill was great fun, and mostly a no-stress run for principal oboe. It was a fun way to end the season.

BUT … (you knew I had to do that, right?) … it did end up having one tiny bit of stress for yours truly. Prior to the last few shows a dear friend and colleague told me he really loved hearing me play one part of Gianni Schicchi: while the family is reading the will I have two little ditties. After each the family reacts to the sad news that they are out of the will. The solos are typical “pattymusic” really, and I loved playing them. But once he told me he liked them I then was fearful. I didn’t worry about blowing the solos, but I worried that now I wouldn’t play them the way he liked them. Just how crazy can I be, eh?

This was a fun year at the opera. I only wish more people would attend. I think the group is a real treasure, and I think San José doesn’t know what they have here with these young singers.

I’m looking forward to next season, but first there is the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition. I’m hoping to get there, although I’m not sure what this Saturday will bring yet. I’ve been twice and it’s a real treat to hear the amazing voices.

If you are interested in next season you can download the brochure!

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