They sit down and admit they have “OSD”–“Obsessive Screen Disorder” The dater they are with asks for their phone number and sends them a text.They are clearly made for each other and it’s love at first byte–each communicating through their smartphones, even though they are right across the table from each other.Will Cindy find a good match, or resign herself to staying single forever?
The centerpiece of the opera is a series of 90 second “dates” which can be put together in whatever order or key desired. The SPEED DATING Coordinator arrives and greets the staff and prepares for the event to begin. The atmosphere is excited and charged–they are here to sign up for the Speed Dating.
Cast: Bartender (B or Bs Br); Cocktail Waitress (M); Busboy (mute); Dating Coordinator (M or S); A varied number of daters—up to 26. Some are eager, some are reluctant, some are downright worried. The Speed Dating Coordinator then introduces herself and sets the rules–daters can use their names and/or numbers.
First there’s Marcus, whose questions seem more like an interrogation; then Trevor, whose career motivation extends only to getting the next new video game.
Third is Scissor, an artistic man with an inflated sense of ego, followed by Ernest, a socially awkward guy who thinks sharing his Tums is a nice gift.
An experienced character tenor, Dean Anthony is a stage director and now the Director of Opera at the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center.
Speed dating is a great way for singles to meet other people.
Because of its flexible casting requirements, it allows for maximum participation by available singers. is divided into three sections–the opening, the dates, and the finale. Some small cocktail tables down front, each with two chairs. A quiet evening, the bartender instructs the cocktail waitress and busboy to get ready for the evening.
Vocal demands of the opera are not strenuous—rather the show is an exercise in characterization. The waitress usually works the day shift, so although she’s been working at the bar for a while, she’s never met the bartender who works evenings.
The women (or the men) will take a place at one of the cocktail tables and the men (or the women) will rotate through. THE DATES According to the choice of the producers, we hear a series of dating monologues and duets. Another character is unhappy with the scene and eventually leaves (not before singing about that unhappiness).
The music in this scene is written in a variety of keys and the sequence is left to the producers.
For licensing information contact: Michael Ching Mr [email protected] Ching is an opera composer best known for BUOSO’S GHOST (1996) his sequel to GIANNI SCHICCHI.