07. November 2006 · Comments Off on Why? · Categories: imported, Ramble

I wonder why playing tonight’s show was the most difficult ever, exhaustion-wise, when I had a day off from the show yesterday. Weird.

A funny thing happens to my hands sometimes. If I make a mistake, or if I just barely avoid a mistake, I get this zing! feeling in my hands. Is that adrenaline? I didn’t have this when I was younger … my heart felt like it was falling to the floor back then. Now it’s just this funny feeling in my hands. Weird (#2).

And now I’m off to bed. I was checking on the election results, but I think it’s easier just to wait until the dust has settled. I’m sure there will have to be recounts for some folks and, well, I prefer to stay out of it since no one is asking my opinion or having me count anything! It seems odd that no one has called for my thoughts. Weird (#3).

I do think, though, that some politician, somewhere in the world, should run on the “Reed Program. An Oboe Reed For Every Family, Every Day” platform. NOT weird.

You know what I mean?

07. November 2006 · Comments Off on Letterman and Barber · Categories: imported, Ramble

Opera buffs can get a sneak peak at the Met’s upcoming production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (that’s “The Barber of Seville” for all of you barbarians) tomorrow on, of all places, “Late Show With David Letterman.”
It will be the first time Letterman, an opera fan, has had an opera production as his musical guest. The plan is to have six principal singers and a chorus of 12 with a 22 piece orchestra. The chorus and orchestra will be trimmed by half to fit on the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater, but it will be the biggest musical production “Late Show” has staged.

“Barber” is perhaps one of opera’s most recognized works. It opens Friday at the Met, with six performances through Nov. 27.

So see and hear those top dogs hoot and howl (or sing) on Letterman. Than come hear and see the whole darn thing when we open here in San José on November 18.

I begin Opera San José rehearsals tomorrow afternoon. Cool, eh?

I did. Last night. While sitting on my couch. (I turned in the absentee ballot today, though, live and in person.) It’s not too late for West Coast folks to vote. Go do it. 🙂