This week is absolutely crazy for us in the office. We have two Merola events back to back! Today is Day at Merola, which is, in my opinion, one of the coolest events we do at Merola. It’s the one day that our members get to come and see what it’s like to be a Merolini. And it turns out it’s really intense to be a Merolini!
Our day is jam-packed with master classes and staging rehearsals—the Merolini are singing from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. And so of course the Merola staff will be there from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm making sure everything runs smoothly. (Really they should have a day where people get to see what it’s like to be on staff! Although, it’s much less glamorous, and we rarely sing, so maybe that’s why no one has done it yet.) In reality, this event is challenging for the staff mostly because the check-in table is located at the North Stage Door of the Opera House, which, if you have never been there, becomes a wind tunnel when the doors open. Our summer intern is planning to wear a down jacket, having learned her lesson last year. There’s nothing like a San Francisco summer!
If I can sneak away from the check-in table, I really want to see Jane Eaglen again this year at her master class and I would love to see Kathy Cathcart’s master class. I’ve never seen her teach, but I have heard such wonderful things about her! Roy Rallo (the stage director of our summer opera Il barbiere di Siviglia) will also be there coaching, as well as Peter Kazaras (who is directing our Schwabacher Summer Concert this year), Martin Katz, Sheri Greenawald and Mark Morash. Roy and Peter are not onlyconducting master classes, they are also having open rehearsals so that our members can see what goes on at a staging rehearsal (talk about a busy day). Basically it’s madness over at the opera house. But it’s a fun kind of madness and I can’t wait to get over there and start!
Hopefully I’ll see some of you there! I’ll be the one bundled up in the arctic gear.