11. February 2014 · Comments Off on Opera San José’s Madama Butterfly · Categories: Opera

We have our two final dress rehearsals to go, and then let the performances begin! Having had five rehearsals now the ear worms are abundant and rather non-stop unless I put other music on.

I was able to sit in the hall on Sunday night: I’m unable to play the final two shows so my sub moved up to my position. It’s always fun and rather educational to sit in the hall. I’m reminded, once again, of the fact that the principal oboe is not, after all, the center of everything. Go figure!

I’m not sure how many performances of Madama Butterfly I’ve done, but it’s been a lot, to be sure: we’ve done the opera four times prior to this production. When we were at the Montgomery Theater we played as many as fifteen performances. Even so, it’s not easy. It’s what I call a chop buster: there’s just a lot of playing and it’s pretty exhausting. There are also just a few small, rather tricky parts for the oboe, but I hope they are in my fingers well enough that I won’t need to worry too much.

But of course I always DO worry! Silly, but true.

To read more about the production or purchase tickets start at the Opera San José website.

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