home stretch

It feels like September...blissfully like September. Cool air, warm light, windows open.

And opera.

Opera?

Opera does not happen - for us, at least - in September.

But tonight is the first orchestra rehearsal for our last opera of the season. There's a tremendous sense of focus among the singers and artistic staff, but we in the admin wing are a little scattered. Here's why: It's August. But it feels like September. But we're working on post-season Foundation projects that are usually completed in October or December. And then going to rehearsal. Opera rehearsal. Which means that it must be summer, not autumn or winter...

Thus our internal timeline is all screwed up. We should still, by all accounts, be playing Whack-A-Mole, but higher brain function is being demanded of us around every corner. Budgets, yearly reviews, recording projects, 2009 applications, all swirling around us in a fog of "Why aren't you working on this? Slackers! Get your act together!"

And what we'd really like to do?

We'd like to just sit back and watch this incredibly colorful opera unfold... to indulge in a little bit of post-season reflection and, dare I say it, nostalgia, before everyone scatters to the winds... to find some way to recharge, to each grow one more brain cell so that we each have two to rub together.

Not. Gonna. Happen.

It's good preparation for 2009, when there will be more opera than usual (details to come). But I need a little bit of perspective to make it through the paltry time remaining.

So that's why you get tiny, infrequent posts this week. Sorry.

On a related note, the applications are up - you can apply online (preferred....go green, go paperless!) or via hard copy. And for those of you with whom I usually visit while on the audition tour, check out my dates and let me know if you're up for lunch/coffee/martinis/dinner!

Oh, and on a totally unrelated note, you should read this book. It's a back-to-school book, or maybe it's really a thank-God-I'm-not-going-back-to-school book... But it's good. And it has pictures. And there's very little physics in it. Thankfully.

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