God that’s good

Dress rehearsal of Sweeney Todd! Everybody acquitted themselves well; now it’s time for an audience. Our small theater is being used ingeniously – chorus in the house, chorus in the balcony, murdered choristers descending into the orchestra pit. What a week it’s been, rehearsals every night and now performances Friday … Continue Reading →

The Rules of Engagement

My fellow UT prof David Small and I rehearsed this morning for our Valentine’s Day recital, which we’re entitling “Mars and Venus: The Rules of Engagement.” The first half is comprised of texts dealing with war, including songs by Ives, Butterworth, Weill, and the stunning “War Prayer” composed by our … Continue Reading →

Great week in DC

I’m winding up another wonderful week with the artists of the Domingo-Cafritz program at Washington National Opera. It’s a busy time at the house. While we worked on everything from Rosenkavalier to Traviata to Nozze di Figaro to Magic Flute (in a cool new English adaptation by Kelley Rourke, who’s … Continue Reading →