"I think all the pressure that I put on myself has been paralyzing. When I graduated from high school, a lot of people wrote in my yearbook: ‘You’re going to do great things,’ or ‘I know you’re going to make it big.’ I realized recently that with all the time I spent trying to figure out what my ‘big thing’ was going to be, I passed over a lot of small things that could have really added up. The moment I became content with taking small steps, I started moving forward again."
The Midwest Institute of Opera, located in Normal, IL
Remember that time that I mentioned that opera with the meatloaf and the macaroons and the lesbians in it? Well, here it is:
Sweets by Kate a new opera
libretto: Thom K. Miller music: Griffin Candey premiere: July 2015, by the Midwest Institute of Opera
A quick summary:
When the widower father of the Brigmann family (Joe) dies suddenly, his formerly-shunned daughter (Elizabeth) and her partner (Kate) return to small-town California in order to run the family business. Amid in the outwardly-cheery glow of the 1950’s, Elizabeth must square with the lurking disapproval of community and kin, the teetering success of the business, and her family’s former deals with the Devil – literally and figuratively.
Just what the opera world needed: yet another dark comedy where Satan attempts to control (and/or poison) an entire town via a 1950’s candy shop run by two lesbians. Such a tired plot, right?
The best part: you can audition for it.
MIO holds auditions in New York, NY and Bloomington-Normal, IL. More info on that as soon as its available (and perhaps some sneak previews of arias on here — stay tuned.)