I don’t think I’ve ever sung in Florida. That, my friends, is about to change. I’m going coat slinging in Actionville.
This weekend I head to Jacksonville, FL. I know it as “Actionville,” as one of my college buddies from there used to call it, and I will be there to sing Colline in La Bohème with the Jacksonville Symphony. From what I know, it is quite a good cast, though I’ve never worked with any of them before, nor the conductor, Fabio Mechetti. However, I hear wonderful things about them all, so I’m very much looking forward to it. It wouldn’t be a normal operatic experience, though, without at least one reunion. Fortunately, this will be no exception.
The production will be directed by A. Scott Parry, who was a fellow student at I.U. with me back in my grad school days. If memory serves me correctly, Scott was the assistant director for my first production at I.U., Arabella, in which I sang Count Waldner. Vince Liotta directed and the great maestro, Imre Pallo, conducted. It was an incredible, new production designed by Robert O’Hearn who was at I.U. after many years designing lavish and long-lasting productions at the MET. The set was nothing short of astonishing and made for an incredible baptism into the world of opera at I.U. and, for that matter, the big leagues. It remains fantastic memory.
I’m looking forward to this working reunion with Scott and have the feeling that my first time singing both with the Jacksonville Symphony and in the state of Florida will make for another great memory in my treasure chest. Lord knows there’s not much of monetary value in there! 😉