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Jess Crawford

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PDX OPERAbeat | A Company Blog is the blog for all things Portland Opera, featuring a variety of guest contributors who will provide insider's tidbits on all we do to celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. Jess Crawford is our primary blogger. Jess spends much of her time eating enormous amounts of cake, making long lists of books she'll probably never read, and challenging people to arm-wrestling contests. During the day (and sometimes at night) she is Portland Opera's music librarian. She writes more about her escapades at her personal blog: http://bravissimi.blogspot.com
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Rinaldo!

Last week, while everybody else was celebrating presidential birthdays (presumably this is what you did with last Monday's federal holiday), those of us who run and attend rehearsals were here in our studio bright and early to attend a design presentation from our director and designer, and then the first 'sing-thru' of Rinaldo. We kind of can't believe it, having only closed Tosca a week before (!).

 

Because we build it from scratch each year, the Newmark show is very special to us. There's something indescribably cozy about the process, because it is almost entirely an 'in house' production -- there are normally very few guest artists or designers. And it's true again this year: the whole cast is made up of current or former Resident Artists. There's a lot more work involved, because, of course, we're building it from scratch, but it's also immensely satisfying, a very different kind of satisfying than the other shows we produce. Plus, the Newmark is a beautiful space and we always have a lot of fun over there.

 

the set of RInaldo

Part of the set of Rinaldo, built for us by local scene shop Stage Right. Yes, that is a sink.