There is a fantastic preview of Barbiere in the Dayton City Paper today - complete with a huge picture on the cover! You can see that both the Figaro and Almaviva are red-heads; I’ve been tempted to dye my hair! Of course, we’ll all be wigged for the performances (none of us look particularly Spanish), but for this photo shoot we just went au natural.
This afternoon I’m actually going to participate in some tourist activities, something I rarely have the time or energy to do on the road! We’re going to check out the National Museum of the US Air Force, which will satisfy both the museum-loving dork and the Air Force brat in me.
Speaking of being a Brat: I’ve written here before of the difficulties of not having a home town, per se. When filling out my paperwork for Dayton Opera’s program, I was once again faced with the question: What is your hometown? I decided to take a chance, and I wrote “Military Brat!” I spoke with the Artistic Administrator at the Gala on Saturday, and she said that when she read that, she took it to the General Director and they discussed this unusual answer. Then it dawned on them that one of the largest Air Force bases in the country, Wright-Patterson - is right here in Dayton! There will be a large portion of the audience who will completely understand the concept of not having a hometown!!