Hi, new member here

I just joined this community about 30 seconds ago. I'm the producer/stage manager of the San Francisco Lyric Opera. They've asked me to create a blog for the company, and this is the livejournal I've started as well. It's only a day old, and there's not much put there yet. But I was hoping to start building up a fanbase of opera lovers.

On a personal note, Don Giovanni was the first piece of music I can remember listening to, and it was on vinyl sitting in my dad's lap and reading the music score. I was 3. Then, Don Giovanni was the first production I helped backstage with. I ran the fog machine. Then I laid on the stage during the last 10 minutes to watch the statue sing my FAVOURITE part of ALL opera.

So if there's anyone in California, specifically the Bay Area, and you're interested in opera... Or you love opera and want to read about some of the behind-the-scenes whackiness that occurs, like having a fight master with a lazy eye... Check out our livejournal here, and the official SFLO blog at http://sflyricopera.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the shameless plug, and I hope to see some of you around the opera circle!

Newbie alert!

Hello, all. This is my first post, as I just joined about 2 minutes ago.

My name is Chelle, and I will be returning to the Saskatoon Opera Society as surtitlist this year for our production of Don Giovanni. Last year we performed Die Fledermaus to packed and oversold houses, and we are hoping for the same success this year. I am a double bassist and mezzo-soprano, thus I've seen both sides of the stage experience.

I don't know if there are any other surtitlists in the crowd, but if there are, would there be anyone willing to trade frustrations?
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    Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse - Minus The Bear

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I am brand new to this community, ladies and gentleman and this is my first post. I am with the Portland Opera (see www.portlandopera.org) Next year we are putting on DG and from what I have learned today it appears that no firm decision has yet been made as to whether we are going to be doing the infamous 'Epilogue'. This is a matter over which I _may_ have some input before the decision is finally made. Our production is going to be pretty dark and if I had my druthers we would omit what seems to me this wimpy ending but before I make up my own mind I should be very happy to hear from any of you what you think.

I will post a short musical bio in a day or two so y'all know where I come from musically but I wanted to get this question out there right away so, please...let me hear it!

About the ending

After Don Giovanni gets sent to hell and the curtains close some productions include a final scene where the rest of the cast comes out to talk about lessons they've learned and such.
Was this ending included in Mozart's original production or was it something he cut out and was later added in after his death? Also, why do some productions have that final scene and some don't?

thanks : )

Non mi dir

Hi everyone!

I'm just starting to study Non mi dir (Donna Anna's aria). Has anyone else in here sung it? Did you love it as much as I do? :)

I won one of those "free iTune" things from Pepsi, and I immediately downloaded Renee Fleming's recording. I already have Kiri te Kanawa's and Maria Callas'. I'm really looking forward to singing it!
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    Non mi dir :)

An Icon....

An icon I made... after spending a little time wondering what would have happened had Don Giovanni lived to attend his first University Sorority party...

The guy in the picture is British tenor Alfred Boe-- and my Don Giovanni of choice.