about me

Here are some other things you may not know about me:

  • I am a novelist
  • I don’t have one favorite opera, but Mozart might be my favorite composer
  • I can clog a little
  • I cannot roll my tongue for love or money
  • I sang one of the Three Ladies from The Magic Flute in workshop
  • I review opera for this blog (Operatoonity.com)

In 2010, for the first time I won first place in Washington National Opera’s “Opera in  the Outfield” songwriting contest held in conjunction with an outreach event simulcasting A Masked Ball in Washington Nationals’ stadium with this entry.

I am available by email at galemartin08@gmail.com and would love to hear from you unless you are a crazy, stalker-type person, in which case you should email your mother-in-law or visit an annoying local legislator and get up in his or her grill instead.

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10 Responses to about me

  1. Hi! I would like to tell you about a fantastic Operacomunityproduction, BollywoodOpera in Botkyrka opening on the 25th May 2016 in Stockholm, http://www.bollywoodopera.se; Bollywood Opera in Botkyrka is a cross-border Community Opera Project, based on Rossini’s comic opera, The Italian Girl in Algiers, in collaboration with Subtopia, Botkyrka Municipality and ABF Botkyrka-Salem. The show is a voice who wishes to highlight the beauty of a multicultural society, integration and a voice against the polarization and hostility that exists between the various ethnic groups in society. The performance aims to show that all human beings share common cultural traditions with roots in Africa, and as a tree, we have stretched our branches along the paths when we´ve walked on the earth during the thousands of years we´ve lived together.
    Botkyrka, which plays the leading role in the show, housing over 100 different nationalities and 150 different spoken languages, is the quintessence of human variety, diversity and of great cultural wealth. Rossini’s comic opera, The Italian Girl in Algiers, has been transformed into an Indian Bollywood film format, with all the esprit, color, music, and dance explosion which usually is associated with Bollywood.
    The show consists of a professional production team, including professional opera singers, artists, rap artist Dogge Doggelito, youths from Botkyrka Culture School and different associations in Botkyrka, around and on the stage in various tasks, with 50-100 participants on stage in a breathtaking musical, visual and sensual experience.

  2. Just wanted to say I heard Jonas Kaufman last week (not in person) and
    I am a bit disappointed. I am not an opera buff but love the voices. He
    seems to strain a bit on his high notes, sings too fast like he can’t wait to
    finish the aria. Also, a bit arrogant, however he has quite an instrument.
    Love to have a review from you. Thank you Kindlyx

  3. Can’t roll your tongue for love or money? Dang but those are the only two reasons I can imagine rolling one’s tongue for.

  4. Lou Columbus

    A fellow member of the “talkclassical” forum recommended your book and blog. After reading the first few sample pages on Amazon, Ive purchased the Kindle version of your novel. Thank you for making it available in the ebook format. Happy Holidays and best wishes to you and yours, from a new fan.

    • Gale

      Hello, Lou! I’m delighted that you stopped by and took the time to let me know where you heard about the book and that you purchased it. I hope you like it, and I am thrilled to count you as a new fan. All the best to you and yours this holiday season!

  5. Ann Lander

    Great! I look forward to it.
    Best wishes from Ann

  6. Ann Lander

    Hello Gale
    Love your blog and follow you on Twitter. I am interested in reading your books but can’t seem to find them. What are the titles?

    • admin

      Hi, Ann. My first book, a novel based on the Don Giovanni will be coming out this fall, hopefully within a month. So please stop back for more info if I’m not in touch with your first. Thank you for asking.

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