First off: In the Fall, I'm starting work toward my Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Maryland, College Park! I'm very excited to be going back to school.
Second: I finished Temptation, the third mini-opera in the Fallen Angels cycle! I'll talk about this more later, but I'm very proud of it.
Last piece of big news: The three completed operas in the Fallen Angels cycle will be performed in the Capital Fringe Festival this July! I'm so excited about this that I'm giddy. Auditions are in a few weeks (May 12, noon to 4, in case you're interested).
I've been involved with Fringe before, as a music director (Pasatieri's The Women and Signor Deluso with Opera Alterna in 2008), as a performer (Gorgibus and The Magistrate in Signor Deluso), as composer/music director (Magnum Opus with Opera Alterna in 2009), and also with some producing responsibilities (Magnum Opus). This time, though, I'm producing all on my own. It's... really tough. But rewarding.
Tonight, for example, I directed a photo shoot for the promotional photo for the show. The amazing photographer, my friend Mark Noel, helped us out with this, while Francesca Aguado, Caitlin Budny, and Joshua Brown stepped in as models. It ended up being fun - and pretty easy, once we figured a few things out.
I'll be blogging more about the Fallen Angels process in the Production Blog on the website of the company producing the show: Silver Finch Arts Collective. If I haven't talked to you at all about SFAC, go take a look at the website (which I'm slowly, slowly working on). That'll get you up to speed with some of my ideas, at least.