I love Josh Winograde's translation of Volpone's name. (And Josh should know because he premiered the role.) "Volpe" means "fox" in Italian, and when the Italians put "...one" (pronounced oh-nay) at the end of a word, it means BIG. Josh says that Volpone means "Big Daddy Fox." And sure enough, that's apt.
Seriously, after an entire opera gets "on its feet," it would be delusional to think that all of the first round of decisions were to hold. You learn a lot in those first 10 days of staging, and it makes sense to push rewind and see if all of those initial instincts were sound. And now we have a few days to do just that.
I got to have some fun today - went to rehearsal with my computer, intending to sit in the corner and attack my InBox while listening. Turns out there wasn't a pianist assigned to the ZauberKlavier. (The keyboard that magically shadows the singers so that their confidence level with the score continues to grow.)