We’re less than 48 hours away from our debut at the Kennedy Center! Everything is coming together nicely . . . producing sure is different from conducting, though. Coordinating load-ins, moving furniture, lots of paperwork . . . we have an excellent team, however, and I know we’re going to present a memorable ten-minute extravaganza, and we hope all of our new fans can join us!
Tom Cipullo’s “Lucy” is a beautiful, lyrical, poignant, funny mini-opera. It’s amazing what depth he’s achieved in such a short space. It’s the story of an elderly woman who imagines a young man coming to visit her – a sweet and interesting take on memory, imagination, and whether or not a person’s concrete surroundings are as important as what goes on in her mind. Musically, Tom gives us a wonderfully melodic score, with a few Puccini-like phrases that clearly reflect this woman’s soul. The aria for the Young Man is a real jewel – I predict that any young baritone in the audience will be writing Tom for a copy.
I look forward to hearing it all in rehearsal tomorrow, at UrbanArias HQ (my living room – hey, we have to start somewhere!)