Hah! I typed “Con Giovanni” first. That works too.

In any case, SF Mike has words and pictures about the production, so check ’em out.

The two performances are already sold out, so if you were hoping to attend I suppose it’s just to late, baby, now it’s too late. So sorry.

As to my place in the show … well … last night was not where I like to be. It was uncomfortable. Pitch was questionable, and I occasionally hooked up to the tuner to see where the heck I was, because it felt so odd. I would think, “Man, I’m so darn flat this is awful,” but checking would show me to be either on pitch or sharp. So I think the pitch is quickly going up and I’m just struggling with that. But I’m a sub. And while I’m also principal oboe, it seems unwise to make too many comments as a sub. So I’ll deal. And hope my reed can reach.

I’m also using “Oboe A” rather than “Oboe 1”. I wonder if that’s part of the issue. Oboe 1 is easily sharp, which is why I selected the “A”, less frequently used Marigaux (yes, both are Marigaux oboes, and I do love them!) that I usually think of as my second. But maybe using Oboe A was foolish of me. I’m also wondering if the unstable above the line G is due to the oboe, or if it’s the reed I was using. I guess I’ll cart both to the final dress and see which is better suited to this, and attempt to try a few reeds as well. (I hate doing that!) I had also selected Oboe A because I thought it might be best because of it’s slightly lighter sound, and I know we can’t blast away with this particular opera; the pit isn’t a pit, the stage is small, and it’s really a chamber music hall … the best kind of place for Mozart, if you ask me!


  1. Your oboes don’t have names? 🙂

  2. No, actually, I’ve never named them. Nor do I name my cars.

    My children have names though. So there’s that. 😉

  3. My horns are named Conn (sometimes referred to as “8D”) and Holton, and my piano’s name is Baldwin. I haven’t named the trombone*, violin or clarinet in the house, nor any of the guitars, but my wife’s bassoon is named Johann (her flute does not reside here currently and I don’t know if it has a name).

    *My daughter might’ve named it, but I haven’t asked.

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