Is conceived as a show that can be easily produced by young artist training programs, colleges, and university opera programs. It can be presented in a formal theatre or black box, or performed in a bar. Because of its flexible casting requirements, it allows for maximum participation by available singers. Vocal demands of the opera are not strenuous—rather the show is an exercise in characterization. Voice types ad lib. Some small cocktail tables down front, each with two chairs.
‘Speed Dating Tonight’: Operatic musical chairs for lovers
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For those like myself looking for an introduction to opera, this production is a perfect fit. Characters in the production are designed to be relatable and recognizable to anyone dating in the age of speed dates and online romance. Premiering in , the piece has been composed in such a way that makes it highly adaptable. The libretto, written by Ching himself, differs on the amount of performers for the piece. It also allows for variation in gender roles, voice types and performance length. Michael Ching was originally born from Honolulu, but hails mainly from New Orleans.
The opera was first commissioned by the Janiec Opera of the Brevard Music Center and premiered in the year It can have up to 45 singers or more and is adaptable for various types of voices and gender ratios. The show was performed in Roma Ristorante Italiano at the Ward Hotel, which made the experience seem all the more real to the audience.
Ching later recalled, "He played everything from Chopin to Dave Brubeck transcriptions. He wanted to go into music but his family discouraged him. In addition, he studied flute, violin, and oboe, mostly for the sake of composition. He started composing as a child, and by the time he reached high school he had studied composition at Interlochen and also had private composition instruction. He was subsequently the company's Associate Artistic Director from through mid