We had the sitzprobe yesterday - LONG rehearsal. Thought I really needed an easier reed to make it through! But mostly it sounded good - we just need to get more familiar with it. I can't believe Patty at oboeinsight was worried about missing one note in the whole opera; but that is the difference between a real professional and, well, me! I will get most of it right. Singers sound great, should be a good show. I can't wait to see costumes/set (only from backstage of course, as I will be stuck in the back of the pit for the actual show).
Speaking of the pit, this is the most people we have tried to cram in. There are 6 vlns, vla, cel, bass (big w/amp), 2 fl, ob, 2cl, bsn, 2 tpt, tbn, LOTS of percussion(3) and David conducting. At least he won't have a keyboard around him this year, that is insane. So 22 people. Only double is picc, and the clarinets have Bb and A. M (clar1) seems to think it won't be a big deal, she played for Kiss Me Kate and they had 13 but lots of doubles (she played 5 horns) and big percussion (just one guy though). I think it will be AWFUL, and they are miking so there will be all that stuff too. Will let you know after tomorrow.
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