I have a confession to make: I am a HUGE fan of the discerning eye of DJ Choupin. That is the reason her work appears on the covers of all 7 roadkill opera-related books published in 2013.
Her work at Artomatic 2012 is stellar. See djchoupin.com for more.
DJ Choupin’s “plain” is one of her most popular–and enduring–works. It serves as the spine and back cover of the piano/vocal score for A Roadkill Opera
The back cover to A Roadkill Opera: Piano/Vocal
DJ Choupin’s Columbia River “gourds” capture the light and the season
DJ Choupin’s “boys” captures the mood of Yellowstone in winter
DJ Choupin’s “zag” is her best-selling photo of a snowy landscape in Yellowstone National Park
I had fancied myself a photographer at one point, so I felt I knew a superior talent when I saw DJ’s work.
Stephan Alexander Parker photographed the cast of Good Times in the Country: Opryland USA on the Road in Branson, Missouri, in 1981. Self-portrait, above.
It was while working on mounting an exhibit of DJ’s photographs in
Artomatic 2008 or Artomatic 2007 or Artomatic 2009 –no, it was 2008– that I found that Ferdinando Paer’s and (at last) I would have an opportunity to get a copy of the score. While the 200-year-old manuscript would eventually come into my hands in digital form, I was interested in a performance copy, updated for modern use. Leonora was being staged in London
The 1804 manuscript for Ferdinando Paer’s Leonora
Fortunately, the Bampton Opera production led to the creation of a modern score. But I digress…
DJ Choupin hawking If You See Roadkill, Think Opera, at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival. 22,000 people were estimated to attend the May 17 event. Note the viola cases book-ending the table display.
DJ Choupin’s “flecked” serves as the cover of If You See Roadkill, Think Opera
DJ Choupin in 1980s Jackson Hole
Thanks for everything, DJ–the best is yet to come!