Last week I received an email out of the blue from Canada’s vocal coach extraordinaire and man about town Stuart Hamilton. Stuart has always been a great supporter of OA and on one occasion even made a trip with me to London, England (unpaid!) to act as another pair of ears when we were holding auditions – looking for a very young baritone to sing Don Giovanni. Stuart continues to do extremely popular pre-show talks for OA and as you’ll be able to tell by the email he has kindly allowed us to post – time has not diminished his … Read more
The day after Acis closed Jeannette and I left for a week in Rome. This was partially in an effort to get Acis out of our systems (we all loved it too much!) while helping us to focus on OA’s next production – the North American premiere on period instruments of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. The production will reflect the aesthetic of Ancient Rome and Baroque Rome coupled with a modern sensibility which only someone as sophisticated as designer Gerard Gauci could give us.
For the first time in our lives, we shared our holiday with a dear … Read more