To some, opera is a very serious art form. I certainly don’t mean to diminish the amount of time, effort, and money that goes into such a grand proceding, but those things are not why I went into music. Yes it takes weeks, even months to learn a role. It takes serious hard work, and much of it is not what you would call “fun.” And when you are putting a show together, it’s difficult to get all the component pieces in place to make something that is not a disaster. You need to have the costumes, props, intrumentalists, singers, sets, lights, stage crew, and more, all so precise, because just one wrong something from any of them could throw off everyone else, in a domino effect of theatrical proportions. But it’s supposed to be fun, dammit!
This is just a reminder to all my opera peeps everywhere, that when things seem to be going wrong, and you feel like yelling at people, or get so frustrated that you forgot why you wanted this job in the first place, that you’re doing it because you like doing it. It is fun! Now, some might say that it is not really fun, but rather rewarding, and that it gives you a feeling of satisfaction, not silly joy. That our craft should be taken seriously above all else, and that we are high artists, following a true calling to something greater than ourselves. TO those people I say, I hope I am not in too many shows with you, because you sound boring.
I always try to have fun with whatever I am doing, and to that end (and because I had another day off), I made a little “preview video” of my upcoming show, which opens tonight incidentally. I hope you think that it is fun.