01. September 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera · Tags: ,

While I shared a few “view from the pit” photos, I don’t feel comfortable sharing ones I’ve taken these past two nights from the balcony, since this is a new production. I figure I had better save them until after opening weekend. For now you’ll just have to take my word for it; it looks great! I hope you’ll consider attending. The singers are sounding wonderful, too!

Having now experienced only a part of two piano tech rehearsals I can tell you I’m extremely grateful that I’m in the pit! They amount of time the singers spend on stage working things out is amazing. I could never stand that long in any case, due to my back, but what boredom! It’s a kind of “hurry up and wait” thing, it seems. I left at almost 10:00 PM tonight and they had a long way to go! I’m impressed by their stamina.

Note about the opera: It’s interesting that the overture, the first act and the second act all end quietly. Unusual, really.

Okay … here’s another overture for you, this time conducting by Kent Nagano, and following that is the start of act one. (Sound isn’t quite in sync here.)

And wait, there’s more!

Hmmm. Interesting. That doesn’t look like ancient Greece to me!

Tomorrow I’ll post one of my favorite singers in the role of Idamante. Stay tuned!

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