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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Texas "Faust": deal with the devil ;-)

After just conducting in Flensburg, Germany, in February of 2002 I was assistant conductor to maestro Raymond Harvey at the El Paso Opera on Gounod's "Faust".

The opera company took such great care of us all, and every day we had free meals at the best restaurants in town: Tex/Mex ... mmmmmmm! Everyone must have put at least 5 pounds in the first week! We even made a day-trip across the border into Juarez for the best Mexican meal I ever had.

Here is a photo of me shaking hands with baritone Mark Schnaible who played Mephistopheles. Wouldn't you like to know what the deal was that I made with that devil? ;-)

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