With Figaro x3, this mezzo keeps track with color

tools of the tradeWhen your patchwork life is particularly crazy, how do to stay on top of the tasks, reminders, deadlines, steps and most important of all, getting the music learned? Stellar mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer starts a series of blog posts this week with “Tea and Pencils“, showing how she copes with a role with detailed color-coding and a stack of brightly hued pencils.

“Please don’t call the men in white coats. This is just the way I roll!”

Mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer, bubbling off the page.  Photo (c) Dan Welldon Photography
Mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer, bubbling off the page. Photo (c) Dan Welldon Photography

Using color to organize her calendar, scores and more, the system she’s used for years is helping her gear up for the “Figaro Unbound” trilogy of Beaumarchais-sourced shows at LA Opera, a large, unusual project that would challenge anyone’s duck row.  The post is the first in a series as Schaufer chronicles her journey through the Figaro stories, and she’s a delight — We look forward to reading, hearing and seeing more of her in the coming months.


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The festival has begun!  Check out the Event List here (with some already in progress), and put them on your calendar now…

The operas — 6 performances each:

The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano
February 7 to March 1

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
February 28 to March 22

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
March 21 to April 12

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