Monday, November 17, 2008

I was out of the loop for the last couple days getting work done on other things. I remain completely amazed by Brian Dickie who seems to be able to run a tip-top company and blog atleast once a day! Amazing.

The big news has been the AOT was a awarded an NEA grant to produce John Adam's "The Death of Klinghoffer". We are lucky enough to have a partner orchestra and incredible venue for this performance, but it remains to be seen if we can make it happen just yet. "Klinghoffer" is a tremendous piece, that needs to be done desperately. Unfortunately, it is also an expensive piece and deciding if we can do that, and produce our home season (which is now looking to be 5-6 productions) has taken much time. Nothing is off the table, but I hope to know something in the next couple weeks.

Beyond that it has been detail work - the Heather Lockard, are wonderfully talented costume designer for Hydrogen Jukebox, has been sending me some really exciting renderings. Hannah Crowell and Robbie Hayes who are the set designers for the project have been doing the same. I for my part have been going deeper and deeper into Ginsberg's poetry and Glass' score. It is a great piece and this will be an exciting performance. I'm eager, and I should post more about this, to be working with the students at Georgetown on this. They will bring a unique energy to the production and make it something completely new, not like its premier with "big opera voices" at all.