The dress rehearsal for Amahl and the Night Visitors was last night, and it should prove to be a charming run. You can read my previous post for more information or visit the Ruth Page Center for the Arts website for ticket information.
Victoria Bond, the conductor for this performance, has had a very interesting career. Here’s a short snippet from her bio:
Composer and Conductor, Victoria Bond has written for every medium including opera, orchestra, ballet and chamber music. Her work has been widely performed and recorded in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Profiled in the Wall Street Journal and on the NBC Today Show, featured in People Magazine and in the New York Times, she has attracted the kind of attention rarely focused on a classical musician.
Her conducting engagements have taken her to China, Brazil and Europe, and in the United States, she has led such prestigious orchestras as the Houston, Pittsburgh and Buffalo Symphonies. She has performed and recorded with the legendary Ray Charles, as well as with jazz greats Billy Taylor and Marian McPartland.
Her second opera Mrs. Satan was performed by The New York City Opera as part of Showcasing American Composers. Her third opera, A More Perfect Union was presented by The Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space as part of the New York City Opera’s VOX 2004 and Friends, her first opera Travels was produced by Opera Roanoke in Virginia and her children’s opera Everyone Is Good For Something was commissioned and performed by Louisville Stage One.
You can read her entire bio here.
Another very cute thing about this production is that two very sweet sheep from the Lincoln Park Petting Zoo make an appearance. They are backstage near where I am set up and are very calm and cute. They stay in what looks like a giant cat carrier filled with hay during the show and go back to the zoo at night.