This is on a bit of a personal note, but I found out yesterday that I have been passed through to the finals of the Opera Europa Directing Prize. There are 4 of us remaining in the finals, from an original 40 or so. The prize this time around is for a concept proposal for Mozart's "La Finta Giardiniera". For those of you that know this opera, it is a very funny piece that, despite lots of problems and awkward sections, harkens the young genius' growth to maturity. Our propsal, however, focuses on a potential dark side of the work, and looks at the issue of domestic violence in emerging economies of the eastern block. In any event, I will fly to Barcelona for the 2009 Opera Europa conference this April to present the concept and to direct a group of singers at the Liceu in the Act I Finale.
That was a great way to begin the day!