06. January 2014 · Comments Off on Opera San José, 2014-2015 · Categories: Opera, Ramble

… and so now that it’s been announced, I can write just a wee bit about the situation.

I’m so sad to see that we will have two fewer performances (and two fewer rehearsals as well) next year for each of the operas. I’m even sadder to see that the six performances we do have are spread out over the same amount of time as our current season of eight performances.

What does this mean?

Most likely it will mean a good number of orchestra members will have to move to different jobs and leave OSJ after opening weekend, playing only the minimum number of required OSJ services. We need to make a living, and the cuts mean we are losing one full opera a year as far as our salaries are concerned. Having only two services for three weeks in a row means that those who get offered work elsewhere (and nothing is every just two services elsewhere) will have no choice but to leave the opera. We will be seeing a whole lot of subs in our pit. We have very good musicians in this area, so we know someone good will take our places, but it’s still sad. Opera has been my first love, but at this point I am having to re-evaluate what I will do.

Did I mention I was sad?

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