Yesterday and today has me in two pits. First it’s the California Theatre, where we have started our Opera San José Die Fledermaus rehearsals. The opera opens a week from tomorrow. There is a lot of fun and frolic in that light opera! Then in the evening it’s the San Jose Center for Performing Arts, where we are rehearsing for the Ballet San Jose Gala tomorrow night. There we have quite the variety of music, which even includes a bit of Nutcracker. Hmm. Seems wrong somehow, doesn’t it?! But it’s for a good reason: they are giving a taste of the entire year of programs, so there’s a bit of everything for people to see and hear.
I’m just so thankful to be back in that second pit. I’m grateful that the ballet is including live music in every performance. So many companies have struggled and are having to resort to taped music. Live music really is best! Honest.
Here … have a bit of Fledermaus for now: