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July 27, 2009


July 27, 2009

My relationship with M.T.Z.O started by way of a phone call from the business agent of my union. He informed me that " somebody had called him from some opera company in Martinez looking for a lighting designer." The production was "La Traviatta", and the person was Maria Billingsley. I would honestly have to say that designing the lighting for that production, under the direction, and set design of Cesare Curzon , was just what I needed to reignite my creative juices. Working with the high school student crew made my task all the more rewarding. When I came back to design the lighting for "Madama Butterfly", I truly began to see that this was a company of great visual goals. I can honestly say that Cesare is one of the best set designers that Ive had the pleasure to work with Maria has dealt with the many challenges thrown in her direction in an admirable way. To mount the two operas that I was the lighting designer on in the far too short time span, was a miracle unto itself.I will be the first to say that I wasnt 100% satisfied with the end result. We did what we could with the time that we were given ,or the time we stole. ( Many thanks to Mr. Wiener for letting me into the theatre early!) In summation, I guess that I would have to say that I am very proud to be able to have contributed to the history of M.T.Z.O. Im also looking forward to the time when Im asked "what Im up to?", and I can answer once again, Im designing the lighting for Martinez Opera.You really should check this company out.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being involved with a company with such lofty goals

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a building that could serve as a performance space, rehearsal hall, company offices, as well as scenic,prop, and costume shops.

Ways to make it better...

More time in the venue. Orchestra should wear show blacks during performances. Street clothes look tacky for the curtain call

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting a venue that allows the time to properly mount the size productions that are desired

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