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Happy New Year!! 

I know, I know. What can I say? It's been a busy several months, and there's lots to share, so let's get cracking! 

I spent the turn of the new year singing Edith in The Pirates of Penzance at NYU's Skirball Center with NYGASP, and flew to Los Angeles the day after we closed to participate in OperaWorks' Winter Intensive. Two blissful weeks with Ann Baltz and the incredibly creative and supportive crew she has assembled on the faculty, plus 31 remarkable artists at all different stages of their careers and artistic development. Daily yoga. Condancing (that's conducting, taken to a whole new level.) Improv. Movement class. Brain and psychology seminar. Marketing workshop. Community. New friends. Respect. So much happiness! (Find out more about OperaWorks HERE. I love it so much I've done it twice!)

Winter brought another performance of Pirates on my birthday in February, my first feature film (more on that in a bit), a return to Drusilla Kronensprech (#mistressofmelodrama) in Impresario Now! with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater in March in exquisite Key West, Florida, followed by a two-week tour of Pirates covering ground from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf of Mexico (including a mini-break in Las Cruces with the amazing Chris Sanders, a generous soul and an inspiring singer/songwriter, plus one day in El Paso with mezzo extraordinaire, Cherry Duke!). That was quite a tour. Highlights were our performances in Boise, Albuquerque, and Galveston -- the crowds were enthusiastic, the theaters amazing, and the scenery (& sometimes the elevation) breathtaking.

Somewhere in the middle of all that, I had the great pleasure of shooting my first feature film with Brad Mays. I met Brad in 2006 when he shot & directed a documentary about OperaWorks, Sing*ularity. I was so thrilled when he offered me a supporting role in his latest feature film, Road Rage, which he wrote, directed, shot, edited, and co-produced. Road Rage is the story of how one man deals with the loss of his wife, and as you may know, grief ain't pretty. Accordingly, this isn't what I would call a family film, but it's witty and raunchy and beautiful and devastating, and we had great audience response at our Princeton and NYC premieres. If you're interested, DVDs are still available HERE

NEXT UP:
NEXT WEEK (!) is the WORLD PREMIERE of The Rape of the Lock, an opera-oratorio by Deborah Mason, based on Alexander Pope's "mock-heroic" poem of 1714. This is a co-production with Spectrum Symphony of NY and the New York Baroque Dance Company. Click HERE for tickets. 
  • Monday, June 6: Invited Dress Rehearsal, 1pm (@ Roulette in Brooklyn)
  • Tuesday, June 7: Press & Professionals event and webcast, 5pm (@ National Opera Center - I'll post the webcast address when I get it)
  • Wednesday, June 8: Opening Night! 7:30pm (@ Roulette)
  • Thursday, June 9: Last chance! 7:30pm (@ Roulette)
NEXT MONTH brings my role debut of Berta in Rossini's Barber of Seville. I'm thrilled to be returning to my "summer home" on Martha's Vineyard, where, thanks to Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, I've had the good fortune to spend five of the last six summers making beautiful music and a lot of incredible food with great artists and friends. Our music director will again be Edward Bak, who is a delightful human being and who makes the best lemon chicken you've ever eaten in your entire life! All performances of Barber will be in the Opera Tent at Featherstone in Oak Bluffs.
  • Friday, July 29: Opening Night Gala, 6:00pm
  • Saturday, July 30, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, July 31, 7:00pm
Lastly, earlier this Spring I commissioned a brand new website from superstar Kristina Driskill. Now you can find my performing schedule, new audio clips, information about my voice studio, my blog, and my health coaching practice all in one handy location (www.erikaperson.com). Check it out! [Headshots, as well as the topmost photo above, were taken by the exquisite Shawn Flint Blair in Los Angeles, and my new audio recordings were made at Big City Recording Studios with Paul Tavener.]

Oh, and I'm a BLONDE again!

If you've made it all the way to the end, you're either related by blood (love ya!) or a true friend or fan, and I salute you! Drop me a line at erika@erikaperson.com and let me know what's new with you -- I'd love to hear from you!

Have a fabulous summer!

XOXO,
Erika
Purchase tickets for the World Premiere of The Rape of the Lock HERE.
Buy tickets for The Barber of Seville HERE.
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