We have now had three of the four orchestra-only rehearsals for Idomeneo. Even without the cast, I’m enjoying it tremendously. Notice I didn’t say “without singers”? That’s because the chorus master, Andrew Whitfield, has been singing during each rehearsal! Can you imagine? He’s covering all the parts, so we have a good idea of what is going on. It’s quite helpful, and I’m very grateful, but I simply can’t even imagine how his voice feels at this point!

San Francisco Classical Voice has a good article on the opera here. You can also visit this site to read about the production.

The majority of the orchestra can’t see anything of the stage, but I snapped a few quick photos before yesterday and today’s rehearsals. In addition I’m planning on attending a piano tech rehearsal so I can see and hear it all. For me — not sure it matters to my colleagues — it really helps to know what’s going on on stage. I just feel more connected to the production then. When we were in the tiny Montgomery we all recognized and even knew the singers. These days many of us haven’t a clue, and I’m guessing most of the singers don’t have a clue who we are or what we play. (But, truth be told, the singers at Montgomery didn’t either sometimes. I remember a tenor saying to me, “And I am sure you are a mother of one of the children!” when we went to a cast party. Truth was, our daughter Kelsey was singing in that production of Magic Flute, but I also was playing principal oboe! He clearly hadn’t a clue I was in the orchestra.) I just love to feel as if we are all one big family. Or something. Call me silly!

I have yet to hear all the singers, of course, but I’m loving this opera. I had listened to it several times (one was on my flight to New York, and it was a great way to spend a flight!) and the choruses are just incredible; when I hear them the word “glorious” comes to mind.

Here are just a couple of photos, although you can see things aren’t completely set yet:

And now a fun game for you … guess who is the oboe player and who plays flute?!

And guess the which photo is from the flute section and which is from the oboe section.

… I only wish we could watch them as they play, rather than just look at this photo!

1920’s Medley (arr James Horan) – Lonarc Oboe Trio
Oboes – Joseph Sanders, James Horan. Cor Anglais – Judy Proctor
Recorded in 1996 at St Mary’s, Perivale by Chris Tyrer (chris@solidairmedia.co.uk)
Photographs by Marc Schlossman (marc@marcschlossmann.com)

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I will confess lately I’ve been missing playing the Oboe!!!!!

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Chasmore: O wally, wally
Banchieri Singers

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practicing my oboe and i think my dog is scared of the sounds haha

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I just want the symphony conductor to make beautiful music, not spend all his time raising money. I don’t want the arts center to go out begging, just to keep its doors open and people coming in.
-Rick Steves

I read it (and a whole lot more!) here.

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Heavy metal encourages rage, disappointment and aggressive behaviour while causing both heart rate and blood pressure to increase,” he said. Dr Trappe is now planning a study titled “Bach or Beta-Blockers” in which people with high blood pressure will be randomly assigned to treatment with either beta- blocking drugs or classical music.

And laughter is good for you too, but be sure that laugh lasts for at least 15 seconds … RTWT

I had my blood pressure taken yesterday. It was higher than sometimes (102/60), but of course is considered very good. I think I’ll credit my musical taste! 🙂