Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The New Academic Year, Preceded by a Weekend of Mozart

Today was my first teaching day of the season here in my Oakville studio, with some assistance from my new MTH-powered teaching site on steroids that tracks income/expenses, scheduling, repertoire, practice time, provides studio updates and file downloads, as well as sends pre-lesson reminders and post-lesson notes.

Rather than have a relaxing end-of-summer weekend, I spent the last few days playing as a rehearsal pianist in a two-day workshop for Opera Atelier's upcoming production of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio. The purpose of the mini-workshop was for OA stage (and artistic) director Marshall Pynkoski to spend some quality time for some staging and movement work creating Amanda Pabyan's Kostanze-we spent most of the two days working in some detail on the three Kostanze arias--Ach ich liebte, Traurigkeit, and Marten aller Arten. This was the first time I've had the pleasure of working both with Amanda and in the Opera Atelier rehearsal process--I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the production in November. Word is that the tickets are selling quite rapidly--you may want to get your seats ahead of time before the Facebook-event-listing-fuelled ticket-buying frenzy begins.

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