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Subject: TWO Elisir (Almerares)/ Multiple Casting
From: Nancy Tague <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 20 Jan 1998 12:41:13 -0500
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First, about Paula Almerares:

She is more or less okay.  This has not been a good time for
the young soprano: she passed out during the Orchestra Tech
and also became ill during the opening night performance and
could not finish. I suspect she will not have fond memories of
her stay in DC.

Second, Lynne Price asks about multiple casting of the
Eisenhower
operas at TWO (usually 3 of the operas offered each season).
[Note: the Eisenhower theater is half the size of the KenCen
Opera House: app. 1100 seats vs. app. 2200 seats.]

Insofar as I know, TWO is the only company in the States that
uses
two theaters for its seasons. Since the days of general director
 Martin Feinstein, the company has used this unique facility
 as (a) a showcase for young singers
and/or (b) a chance to present more intimate or unusual
repertoire.
Moreover, unlike the 7 or 8 performances of each opera in the
"big house", Ike operas run anywhere from 10 to 16 performances
each;
nor is the singer's pay particularly high (generally) for these
performances.
Especially in recent years, even many young singers have
been reluctant to commit nearly 3 months (rehearsals plus
long performance schedule)  of their time to one opera for one
company.

Therefore, for reasons both philosophical and practical ;-),
multiple
casting is not all that unusual during the Ike season and is
likely to continue and even increase, at least so long as
TWO is housed at the KenCen, since Domingo has been
 very vocal about his commitment to presenting as much
young talent as possible.

Nancy
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P.S.  Complaints about ticket prices in the Ike should be
addressed to TWO management. ;-)

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