Two-time Tony Award-winner and acclaimed composer and lyricist Adam Guettel will be in residency at The Boston Conservatory teaching a masterclass on vocal auditions for seniors. He is with student Connor Baty on far right. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo )
Two-time Tony Award-winner and acclaimed composer and lyricist Adam Guettel will be in residency at The Boston Conservatory teaching a masterclass on vocal auditions for seniors. He is with student Connor Baty on far right. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo )

The Boston Conservatory is keeping Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist Adam Guettel busy during his residency this week. He’s been meeting with students, leading master classes, and on Wednesday night, he hosted a talk about his musical, “Light in the Piazza.” He told us after Master Class No. 1 on Wednesday, that he was relieved to learn that Boston Conseravtory students are “singing safely.” “That’s a big part of what I care about,” he said, explaining that these days, many musicals require belting — something that might sound great in the moment, but can shorten a performer’s career. “You want them to be able to sing for their whole lives.” Guettel joked that his residency, which ends Friday, is a way to procrastinate his writing jobs. At the moment, he’s working on a project based on Danny Boyle’s movie “Millions,” and one inspired by Jack Lemmon’s “Days of Wine and Roses.” Guettel was attached to turn “The Princess Bride” into a musical years ago, but that project died and is now being written for the stage by a new team, Disney announced last week. “I wish them the best,” Guettel told us, adding that his work on “The Princess Bride” musical still sits in a drawer. “Maybe I’ll find another fairy tale adventure for which I can use it.”

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