John Adrian is no stranger to speed dating at the W. Last year some librarians persuaded him to attend the free, Valentine’s Day-inspired event.
He had recently gotten divorced and thought speed dating would be a low-stress way to meet new people, especially with the time constraint on each “date.”“It’s very difficult to make a fool out of yourself in three minutes,” he said.
He started composing as a child, and by the time he reached high school he had studied composition at Interlochen and also had private composition instruction.
Ching began his career as a National Opera Institute apprentice 1980–1981 at the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where he was involved in the company's productions and continued his composition studies with composer Carlisle Floyd.
The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is embracing this cultural phenomenon with a new production featuring stand-alone scenarios that can be chosen to suit the needs of each presenting group.
The only preconditions are that they have all paid some money, dressed up a bit, come to a bar in town, and pinned on a name badge.In this fun, new one-act comic opera, follow a group of speed daters through one night at a bar and their hilarious encounters in the search for love.This production features Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Young Artists. Flexibility is a key character trait for speed dating — in person and onstage.I spend half an hour setting up the room, putting café numbers on the tables, and writing out name badges.Then the daters arrive, in ones and twos, slowly filling the bar.