Last night we had the dress rehearsal for HGO’s new production of Rigoletto, opening night is Friday 4/17. Scott Hendricks sings Rigoletto, Albina Shagimuratova is Gilda and Eric Cutler plays the Duke. Amazing singers all three of them, I’m always blown away by what it takes to do what they can do. Just being able to sing over a seventy-piece orchestra with no amplification, talk about breath-control and technique!
Tonight we’re having the rehearsal for the Mozart Requiem, so I’ll drag out my $160 Chinese alto trombone. Mike Warney plays tenor and Rick Reeves basstrombone, the HGO trombone section.
If you want to hear great jazz, come to River Oaks Baptist Church Sunday night 4/19 at 6 pm. New Orleans native and piano-great Matt Lemmler has put together a program about the history of jazz, with a kicking band doing the playing. Gary Welden on trumpet, Warren Sneed sax and clarinet, yours truly on trombone together with a swinging rhythm section. Should be loads of fun!
We had our third orchestra reading for Verdi’s Rigoletto today with the HGO orchestra, Patrick Summers conducting. Tomorrow night we’re having the sitz-probe, which means we get to meet and hear the singers for the first time. It’s one of the all-time great operas. I especially like the opening, it’s me and the trumpet, HGO Principal trumpet Jim Vassallo. The rest of the brass joins us in the second bar with low, dark chords, setting the stage for the dramatic story. Opening night is Friday April 17, 2009.
Title: May 15-16: Rigoletto
Location: Miller Outdoor Theater
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Description: A bitter court jester pits himself against his master in a hopeless effort to protect his daughter’s virtue. Three shining young artists—Studio alums Scott Hendricks and Albina Shagimuratova, along with Eric Cutler—star as the hunchback Rigoletto, his adored daughter Gilda and the lecherous, remorseless Duke of Mantua. Patrick Summers conducts Verdi’s distinguished tragedy.
Start Date: 2009-05-15
End Date: 2009-05-16