Sunday, July 31, 2005


Yesterday I went to a memorial for Kevin B. at Seattle Center's Alki Room. He was 1 year younger than I when he died. Shocking. On the morning of his death I'd seen his brother on the Center grounds. We didn't know yet.
As usually is the case at funerals, I saw some people I hadn't seen for a while. One guy I remembered from the Spoleto Fest, back when I was still in school. Decades ago. Not much opportunity to talk. You just don't at a memorial.
Kevin's son spoke, said his dad was a great guy, told a funny story. His step daughter read from a piece of paper.
People watched a video about Kevin, his brother as well. So sad.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Bite of Seattle

What's in a name? 2.5 small meatballs and some bread for 5 bucks. I guess you could fill up spending 20.
The rotators almost got their spike mark yesterday. Keep my fingers crossed for today.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Glynn Ross, 1914-2005

The founder of the Seattle Opera Glynn Ross died on Thursday. The obituary by Linda Bargreen for The Seattle Times says it all.
Our thoughts go out to his widow and children.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Going Somewhere

Even in McCaw Hall going somewhere can be a problem.
The day before yesterday the top of the 3-D trees touched the track that a Rhine Maiden was hanging from.
Lady-like she exclaimed: "Hey, what's going on!"
We solved the problem by moving her to the middle of the stage where the branches don't reach, there's only tree netting.

On a totally different track: Royal Shell raised gasoline prices in the Netherlands from € 1,399, to €1,415 per liter.
Super Plus goes for €1469, diesel stays at €1,055. Multiply with 1.21 to get dollar price, and with 3.79 to see what a gallon would cost ya.
$1.70 per liter, Ouch! That's $6.42 per gallon!
No wonder the trains and trams and light rail do so well in Europe.

Yesterday we had our 1 day off.
Today it's back to the Ring.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Browse a Ring Dinner Date

Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit!
Browse and thou will find.
More fodder for the fans: Deuce of Clubs
At the top of the web page with Maestro Henry Holt's take on Wagner there's a link to an ad:

(on this blog undisclosed poster)
Seattle Opera Cycle 1: August 7, 8, 10, 12
"Rheingold Revelry" Champagne Reception and Dinner
4 Perry Lorenzo Reserved Seminars "Exploring the Ring"
"Tech Talks" with Robert Schaub
Complete Package $4,200

Click on the "forum" link and you'll see more Wagner Society bidding going on. Oh, yes.
And then there's the aficionado who already has a sweetie and wants to share his love for Wagner not just with her, but with the world.

That's what we do it for. Those short nights, those early mornings… For all those lovers of the Ring. Oh, yes,yes, yes!


Rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearse all, rehearse all four, rehearse all four of the Ring, rehearse all four of the Ring Cycle.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Popeye Forearms

Thanks to Jeff putting a packing blanket on the rail I haven't bruised my thigh.
Steve bumped his leg so bad, he had to get a cortisone shot. Ouch!
Since he's recovering, I've been pulling double duty and until my hands had a spasm and my forearms popped.
Now my arms resemble Popeye's, slender wrists big muscles.
Dutchess kneaded lactic acid out of muscles.
Just a bit sore today. But tired, man am I tired.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Day after One Day Off

Funny, isn't it, the way you're more tired after One day off than before.
Or is that my imagination?

Friday, July 08, 2005


Problems with the rotators. Other than that, rehearsal, rehearsal.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Master and Commander

Russell Crowe
Originally uploaded by Luna Type.
Back Stage Viewing or Reading

Electronic Devices

Mmmh. Rectification, the notice about electronic devices on stage meant no phones. Something I don't need to worry about. My phone doesn't even ring inside the concrete bunker McCaw Hall resembles back stage. Got to go outside to even have my phone messages appear! Between cues I'm getting a lot of reading done. Somebody else brought his DVD player and watched three movies yesterday. Others were watching
Master and Commander
which inspired me to pack another one of the books in the Aubrey Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Stage is No Computer Terminal

Until someone like Nam June Paik designs set and/or costumes for the Seattle Opera, non production related electrical devices are banned from the stage. Back stage is an other matter. Those of us who relax or charge their own personal battery while playing Urban Reign" or the likes, are free to do so in the crew-/ or green room. I'm waiting for Age of Empires III to be screened on the loading dock.

Monday, July 04, 2005

DNO Behind the Scenes

DNO has a cool web site. On the home page changing thumbnail images show scenes of different opera productions. In "behind the scenes" under Die Walküre
you can see an effective technical trick.
Unfortunately the guy speaks Dutch, but here goes for a quick translation:

"We had to create a steel frame house. Which had to shoot upstage real quick. Quite the challenge, the thing was mighty heavy. We decided for the catapult principle, using extra long bungy cords. Silent, cheap, safe and with a wonderful effect."

Check out some of the other links to back stage scenes:
"Writing to Vermeer" shows another interesting set solution.
"Peter Grimes" presents one of the little performers back stage.
For "La Bohème" DNO hired a real troup of acrobats.

De Nederlandse Opera

The other day I wore the Ring tee-shirt I got in Amsterdam.
It's black with printed in white Der Ring des Nebelungen and De Nederlandse Opera. I was saying to somebody that German is so much like Dutch and that for the DNO singers to perform in German is easy because everybody there speaks German as well as Dutch and English.
One of our singers, whose native language is German said he hates the guttural G. According to him it sounds as though the Dutch are always clearing their throat. I told him I don't agree. Gee-whiz, even when somebody says, "Ga je mee naar Groningen? Gaan we een glaasje drinken bij Griet in de Gruiterij," I don't feel the need to hand them a Ricola.

Guess what? De Nederlandse Opera is performing Der Ring des Nebelungen coming September and October. After we're done here, we can go see how they do it in Amsterdam.

Back to bed until the fireworks wake me!

Friday, July 01, 2005

No Trap, I'll handle the Knife

Christine wanted to know if I'm going to be responsible for the trap door again. I remember when one of the soloists landed (luckily unscathed) next to my head, after leisurely walking off the platform.
"You can't get there from here…" did not just apply to stage hands.
Yeah, fly her in!


One more day from 8-midnight.
Tomorrow and the day after we'll go from 8:30-23:30 and after the 4th of July we may work from 8:30 till 22:30.
But this isn't official, so don't quote me on it.