Dear Mr. Dillner, and members of The Skylight Board of Directors,
I am extremely saddened to write this, but I feel compelled to leave the 50th anniversary production of The Marriage of Figaro. I was extremely honored to be asked by Bill Theisen to play Susanna in such an auspicious year, and was so excited to play a part in the history of a company I have loved and cherished for eleven years now. With all that has transpired in the past two months, I cannot in good conscience perform with this company.
I have witnessed many companies undergo change. Some of the changes have benefited me, many of them left me without work, but never have I felt the need to take a stand against what had transpired. However, never before have I felt that every principle that defined that company had been abandoned, that every standard had been lowered, and every trust had been broken. I mourn the company that I have known as the Skylight, and will miss walking into the rehearsals that fed my soul.
Speaking of soul, that is the reason so many of us came to the Skylight. I never sang there to make money. More often than not, I broke even singing the shows there. I came to the Skylight to find my authentic voice, to produce carefully wrought, exciting work with colleagues I trusted and cherished. We will go our separate ways now and will flourish, but we will not have the same trusting, safe atmosphere we created at Skylight. The fact that money has brought all of this about is telling--money cannot dictate art.
My sincerest hope is that something positive can come of this.
Thank you for eleven wonderful years and seven exciting productions,
1998 Richard Wargo's Chekhov Trilogy
2000 H.M.S. Pinafore
2001 Lucia di Lammermoor
2005 The Mikado
2008 La Bohème
Monday, July 20, 2009
berneche quits: "every trust...broken"
skylight regular alicia berneche, scheduled to perform the role of susanna in the upcoming skylight opera theatre production of the marriage of figaro, is the latest in a steady drip, drip, drip...
posted at 6:36 PM