Welcome to Opera Tools

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 […]

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La Boheme Scene Breakdown

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 […]

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Eugene Onegin Program Notes

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 […]

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Madame Butterfly Bow List

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 […]

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Madame Butterfly Scene Breakdown

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, […]

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