Gonda Theater at Georgetown University
Each of these successive productions is larger than the last, and more involved. The reverse side of this exciting new home and full season, is that we have a lot of money to raise and resources to uncover. From the title Artistic Director, the former word comes more naturally to me. The latter is something I am growing into and learning about along the way. I must admit I do find it fascinating. It is difficult, but in some way inspiring as well. What keeps it from being a drudgery is no doubt how much I believe in the work of AOT. We are creating something quite new and quite special. With each step the company takes we are sculpting a new way of thinking about and presenting opera - AOT is creating a future for opera. That is important, so important that it emboldens. A passion for the art and for witnessing the affect the art can have on a diverse audience is an extremely energizing force.
Still, it is important to balance strategizing fundraising and company growth with the artistic side of the equation. I have taken time out these last couple days to start work on Messiah. I don't want to give too much away, and I'm sure I will risk doing just that in later posts as the production gets closer and the "work" gets into full swing. For now I will say that Handel's absolutely BRILLIANT score, to gush a bit, drives this production and the creative process. Constantly being true to the implied rhetoric of the music is going to be very important, and it is treacherous ground to stage a piece beloved by so many people. Still, there is such power for healing in the words and music, power outside of narrative or specifics or religious barriers, that the potential exists for a very moving piece. Okay...thats all for now.
I have also been finishing contracts for the artists of this season and even planning out the 2008 - 2009 season. I won't give that away for a some time yet, but the next two years are going to see some truly inspired art making from AOT as we introduce new works and new artists, and bring back favorites from the last several years. As our touring season continues to grow I also look forward to widening our audience around the country and around the world.
On top of that, we are enjoying a visit from counter-tenor Peter Thoresen, who played a raucous Satarino in our 2004 "La Calisto".