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December 22, 2009

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Paul W Miller

So, now I have another Dove opera to which I have to look forward. I had never heard of the man until that eventful year (for opera at least) of 2008 when, in February in Pittsburgh, I saw "Flight" and discovered the man's work.

Later that same month I saw Dove's "Tobias and the Angel" as performed by Opera Vivente here in Baltimore. It is amazing what this group does on their budget (yours is lavish in comparison).

In May, of course, there was "A Flowering Tree" by COT (which, as far as I'm concerned, surpassed the production in New York this past summer).

All-in-all. It was a magical year. Opera is not dead as an art form. We just need to replace those people with a fear of the new and novel with an audience willing to take a risk.

I'm glad I had that magnificent 2008 season because on Christmas Eve that year I slipped on some ice and was bed ridden or in physical therapy until August and saw no operas from January through September.

I've already started my 2008-2009 season with the Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Vivente and I'm looking forward to COT's season in 2010 (and beyond of course).

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