One of the most exciting things about planning our upcoming production is working out the details for our trip to the National Gallery of Art. For those who don't know, we have been invited Orpheus and Euridice to the Gallery's concert series. We will do two performances- September 10th and 11th.
You may ask "how did that happen?" Well it was pretty simple really. In January 2015, I was attending a conference in NYC and had the great pleasure of seeing Danielle Hahn, whom I met when she was a repetiteur (that's opera for rehearsal pianist and vocal coach) and I was a stage manager. We worked together in opera as well as a few temp jobs in between gigs until we both married, started families, and moved on to steadier employment.
Last January the idea for VTOP's production of Orpheus was in its infancy. I knew we needed a pianist and I knew Danielle was a good one, so I asked her if she would play it for us. Then I told her all about the project. At the time we were still dreaming about opera in a quarry. I told her all about history of the quarries and the marble industry in Vermont; how we wanted to tie the story of Orpheus to the idea of monuments and the memorializing of the dead. I told her about how many of monuments in DC were created from the marble in Vermont.
I had forgotten that she worked in music programming at the Gallery until she got this look on her face and said "You know, the connection between DC and Vermont and the history and the marble. This is exactly the sort of thing I am trying to bring to the Gallery". And so the idea was born.
The Gallery is generously underwriting our performances, so we just need your help to build it here. It is a tremendous opportunity for us to celebrate something good from Rutland on the national stage. Please consider a donation today!