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Batty for opera

Published February 8, 2019 by francesothomas

Making Time with the Maestro

 

Today is National Opera Day.

I have been interested in opera ever since I was a teenager. This is somewhat a mystery. While I come from a musical family, I don’t recall any opera being played at home.

In my early twenties, I was very briefly a part of the opera company led by Josephine McGrail in Pittsburgh. We rehearsed choruses from Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, and La Traviata. I still remember most of the lyrics. Life intervened, however, and I never got the chance to perform these on stage.

Years later in Florida, I was in the chorus of a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. You can read about that experience in my mini memoir I Guess I’ll Keep My Day Job. Not long after that, I was in a concert version of the second act of Die Fledermaus. I also included the story of that performance in my memoir, and I used many of those details in Making Time with the Maestro. 

In the past few years, I have had the pleasure of singing various opera choruses as part of the Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida along with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. In fact, I was sitting on the stage at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall before a concert when the idea of Maestro came to me.

Do you like opera? Making Time with the Maestro is free today only. Let me know what you think.

 

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