April is coming to an end, and it’s been busy with UNLV Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos. What a joy to combine my love of opera and ballet in what was the most complicated production I’ve ever directed. But ah, the sweet rewards of Richard Strauss! I identified with his Composer character, who relished his music come to life. Speaking of composing, it’s been great having my songs sung this spring, from Evelyn Shreves premiering “Sky-born music sings” at the University of Georgia to Lenora Green premiering “30 Minutes of Wonderful” in Memphis May 1.