We had a great evening at the excellent Lotos Club (left) on E 66th St. I was particularly delighted to be there since it provides reciprocal membership to me as a member of the Garrick (below right) in London. Do you see a similarity?!
The event was arranged to mark the arrival of Opera America in New York. Great food, wine, company....I had the treat of being seated with Chuck Cooper, who performed for us a number from Derek Bermel's Loving Family. Derek was at the same table with me and also around us we had Mark Adamo, John Corigliano and Tobias Picker. So this was something of composers' evening. This says much about the role of Opera America in creating a fertile environment for the creation of new work.
It was also good to see our friend Ian Greenlaw, who had such success with COT as Guglielmo in Cosi in 2002, and again in the Dream this last May. He sang some great stuff from An American Tragedy of Picker, as well as a super scene from Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles which it was good to hear again. I understand that there is a sequel to this sequel to Figaro in the works......
Earlier today we had really productive discussions about so many important issues at our Board meeting. I believe Opera America to have grown to be an important advocate for opera at the highest levels and well as being an invaluable forum for the exchange of ideas, and much else, for those working in the field. Its new base in New York City can only enable it to be more effective.
I will be back in Chicago tomorrow morning having left on an 8.05 am flight from Newark.