May 30, 2008
Because Sarah has been sewing me a formal ensemble, I was puzzled why she posted this question to me on my last blog entry:
"So what's your take on the habit of animals and partial nudity - Donald Duck wears a shirt but no pants - Mickey pants but no shirt - Daffy obviously aligns with nudists... and it appears you do as well... curious about your stance on this important issue."
I don't think I have made this clear enough: I do NOT like animals affected with human characteristics. Just because a mouse can talk in the voice of a castrato and emote as well as, uh, Keanu Reeves doesn't make him funny.
So I do not really appreciate the comparison to these cartoon hacks.
That said, Sarah is correct that I'm more often than not unclothed. When I say I'm free-range, I mean all that sweet word implies. But I certainly don't mind forgoing my natural state to look fierce in some cool duds. I will surely be modeling them on this blog.
May 28, 2008
I have no abiding fondness for other anthropomorphized animals. I hate (repeat: hate) Howard the Duck.
I do not eat bird seed. I eat Cheetos and beer, just like everyone else.
I LOVE opera. If Giacomo Puccini were alive, I’d take him back to my coop and give him a lil’ somethin’ something. Just as a thank you.
Do NOT ask me about how Cleveland Opera merged with Lyric Opera…blah-dity, blah blah. Go ask Will Cole. I could care less; I’m here for the music.
Dislikes: when you tell people you like opera and they say "Oh, I love Phantom, too!"; Eurotrash opera; Colonel Sanders.
Yes, I am free range (and loving it!)
May 27, 2008
It's all good, though. (If just for the amusement I derived by telling my airplane seat mates "I've flown the coop! I. have. flown. the. coop.")
I did have a reason for going to Texas. Opera Cleveland rents out sets it has built, and lately its Turandot set has been little Miss Popularity. Fort Worth Opera had rented Turandot sets, so I accompanied Kish (our warehouse manager and tech director) to oversee its installation in the Lone Star State.
Note to Finance Director: No, I have not filled out my T&E report yet. (I did fill out my T&A report while I was in Texas, though. Awww yeah.)
(See what the whole set looks like in a production here.)
May 23, 2008
May 22, 2008
May 20, 2008
I’m far from the first opera chicken. Chickens have been lurking around opera in
When the opera is not in production, the chickens hang out in the Opera Cleveland warehouse. (The warehouse is where we store and build all our sets and props; it’s under the jurisdiction of the aforementioned
I spent my formative months in the warehouse until just recently, when it was decided my myriad talents would be better utilized in the Opera Cleveland office. So I am officially a 9-5er and my main responsibility is this blog, but, as you can see, they’re already exploiting me with menial tasks. (Call PETA!)
(Allocate money to certain farm animals. Just a thought.)
Gossip at the water cooler.
(Did you see what Jenn was wearing today?!)