I’ve designed this website to be a resource for anyone preparing for an opera experience… the performer, the director, or the observer. Use the Categories or Tags to help you find info about the opera you are studying. For instance, if you click “Barber of Seville“ you will find a resource page for good books to read, sample cut lists, sample […]
A scene breakdown for Puccini’s La Boheme (click here for a recommended CD) To view a pdf please click here: Boheme Scene Breakdown Purchase the vocal score here: La Boheme: Vocal Score Timing: Act 1&2 56m (run together without intermission) Act 3 24m Act 4 28m Please note: This scene breakdown […]
Books of interest for Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Score: here Shogun by James Clavells Epic tale of Japan in a time of great upheaval. Geisha by Lisa Dalby American who trained as a geisha provides detailed “insider” study of lifestyle, practices and history. Kimono by Lisa Dalby The wearing of kimono affects every aspect of […]
A sample bow list for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is a nice recording and you can get a score here. For PDF, please click here Bow List for A Midsummer Night’s Dream END OF SHOW Blackout Clear props as needed. Lights up 1. Fairies enter both sides of the stage, stand in a line. Coro […]
As per copyright restrictions, cuts are not permitted in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten. Requests may be submitted through the publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, but they are seldom (never?) granted.
Program notes for a new set design/production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Arizona Opera 2015. Directed by Tara Faircloth, Scenic design by Laura Fine Hawkes. As a freshman music major, Eugene Onegin was the very first opera I ever saw, albeit by VHS video, in a cramped professor’s office, with an audience of five fellow students. It was […]
A sample bow list for Puccini’s Madame Butterfly Blackout Drop IN Clear Stage: Performers exit stage Props clear platform of knife Blackout Drop OUT Opening night only: Mother, Yakuside, Cousin, Aunt ENTER SR Bow together, clear onto platform 1. Commissario, Registrar ENTER SL Bow individually, clear Right 2. Yamadori, Kate Pinkerton, Bonze ENTER SR Bow individually, clear Left […]
A scene breakdown for Puccini’s Madame Butterfly To view please click here: Butterfly Scene Breakdown Purchase the score here: Madame Butterfly Vocal Score Timings: Act 1 48:00 Intermission 25:00 Act 2&3 80:00 Please note: This scene breakdown is from a specific production of the show, and may contain cuts, inserts, […]
A scene breakdown for Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd To view please click here: Sweeney Todd sc brk Purchase the score here: Sweeney Todd: Vocal Score Please note: This scene breakdown is from a specific production of the show, and may contain cuts, inserts, and re-ordering not used in other productions.
A scene breakdown for Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) To view please click here: Fille Sc Breakdown Please note: There is dialogue in this show, which may vary from production to production.
We covered the nuts and bolts of preparing to learn a new score back in this post, but now let’s dig a little deeper into the daily task of putting the score in your brain. So, you have your own copy of the score in hand, neatly bound, with translations all typed or written in. […]