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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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Week seven: “Putting it Together: Prepare it!”

Logan is taking our Summer Opera Education Class: "Putting it Together."  We asked her to share her experiences throughout this 8-week interactive class.  Updates will be posted weekly.  Enjoy!




Week seven: “Putting it Together: Prepare it!”


This class taught us how the singers and back stage crew prepare for an opera. We were revisited tonight by singers Hannah Penn and Caitlin Mathes along with voice coach/collaborative pianist Rodney Menn. Our two singers sang a duet between the characters Cornelia and Sesto from Giulio Cesare by G.F. Handel, while accompanied and coached by Mr. Menn to better shape the music to fit the baroque style. We were also visited by Production Stage Manager Jennifer Hammontree. Her lecture on what happens behind the scenes during a performance was both awe-inspiring and harrowing; it takes a lot of guts and smarts to do what she does, and she loves it.

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