Cats + Opera = #AllThePoints

What do you get when National Opera Week, National Cat Day, and Halloween converge? I’m not entirely certain but it’s destined to be awesome.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is holding a contest for two tickets to their production of Wagner’s DIE WALKÜRE.

It's National Cat Day and we're loving these ferocious little Valkitties! Post a photo of your furry friend in costume…

Posted by Lyric Opera of Chicago on Sunday, October 29, 2017


Their pics are adorable (and yes, you can purchase your very own stuffed Pegasus from their online merch store):

This is my office intern cat, Taggart. He doesn’t “do” costumes but here’s his rendition of Taming of The Shrew (get it?). What do you think, too much of stretch to qualify as opera oriented?

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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