We are just a day away from opening night of Don Davis’ Rio de Sangre. It is difficult to put in to words all of the feelings this evokes. So instead of writing a treatise on it, I thought I would throw out some unscientific “bullet points”, since on a rotating basis, that’s how they hit me!
- There is no greater thrill (I believe) in this business than seeing a work emerge for the first time.
- I am still puzzled by the hesitation of some opera lovers to try new work. However, I know my job is to overcome that hesitation. We can never have contempt for our new, returning, or future audience.
- Producing our first work in Spanish makes me aware that this language is a beautiful one for singing – I have no doubt there are many more operas in this lyrical, musical language to come.
- I am lucky to be in a place where I have a wonderful group of talented, artistic colleagues that are producing this work in a first class manner.
- I am excited that this 77 year old company is receiving local, regional, national, and international press (Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Opera Now (London), Chicago Tribune, to name a few) for this world premiere. Everyone involved with this company, from John Anello, (our founder) to the present deserves credit for helping bring this recognition.
- Our administrative staff has worked incredibly hard at making this premiere happen. Singers, conductors, directors, and designers get the lion’s share of attention any time a work is brought to the stage, and especially for a premiere (and this attention is well deserved). But the people here at the office that juggle finance, patrons, artists, board members, the press, educators, and many others play a huge, mostly unheralded role in what we do.
- Our Board of Directors is owed huge thanks for their belief, expressed through time, talent and treasury, in what we do.
- Finally, if you are wavering about jumping in to the deep end of the operatic pool by coming to Río, let me encourage you to take the plunge. You will experience fantastic artistry – musically, dramatically and visually. The story is riveting, the characters are very engaging (though seriously flawed!!), and the music is by turns cinematic, symphonic, intimate and melting. You may want to check out these behind-the-scenes videos if you’d like more information about the opera and the production.
See you there!! Please also stop by the blog, or our facebook and twitter pages, and let us know what YOU thought of the opera!