Hello opera lovers!

We have a big season this year, and we will be kicking off our first event this Sunday with a Master Class given by visiting tenor Mark Kratz. Mark is here to sing Alfredo in the upcoming Juneau Lyric Opera Production of La Traviata, and is happy to renew his association with OTG since he was last seen with us as Tamino in Arctic Magic Flute.
The Mark Kratz Masterclass will be THIS SUNDAY September 15th at 3pm at Holy Trinity Church, on the corner of Gold and 4th Streets. There are still a few participant slots left at $30, and of course you can audit as well (meaning you don’t have to sing in front of a bunch of people, yet you still get to learn some pearls of wisdom!) for $10 ($5 for students). Please reply to this note if you would like a slot as a participant!
Mark will also be teaching lessons privately while he is here through the end of this month. please reply to this note to let me know if you would like to schedule something.
At OTG this season, we have decided that we are renewing our commitment to education and reaching younger participants and audiences. We will continue after the Kratz Masterclass with a Master Class in instrumental conducting give by your’s truly. Two days of sessions where we will work on baton technique and rehearsal technique – the first weekend of November. More details for that coming up soon.
Yet another offering for the education minded this fall is our collaboration with Theater at Latitude 58’s production of Seussical the Musical. It has been wonderful working with some of the talented young (and many not-quite-as-young!) performers in this sure-to-be hit production! Look for that at the end of November.
Finally, on the education path, we will have our world premiere performance of Bennu’s Birds, the much-anticipated Rory Stitt opera – a fairy tale whose overarching theme is self-discovery. Look for this the last two weekends of February at JDHS.
Put all this with the Amalga Chamber Orchestra concert in late November featuring Lisa Ibias as our violin soloist and Tyree Pini presenting a new composition for electric cello and chamber orchestra, it is a very exciting season, indeed.
And since I have your attention, we are always pleased as punch to get help of just about any kind from folks with talents and resources to give. We commonly need things like housing and cars for guest artists to use, help with costume and set building, ushering at performances, and even hospitality for our singers and instrumentalists during long rehearsals! Please let me know if you are moved to help.
Hang on, here we go! See you at the masterclass this weekend!
Todd Hunt