Yesterday was one of those days with so many different events that
thinking about it with a little distance it seems they couldn't possibly
have happened all in one single day.
My morning started at the
Four Seasons Centre with the presentation of our youngest company
members to the press: two colonies of honeybees whose hives we had
installed on the roof of the opera house a few weeks ago. They seem to
like it on our roof and interacted peacefully with the members of the
press who had come to photograph and film them. Observing the
enthusiasm of the present COC staff members, our bees already are
favourite company pets with substantial star potential.
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I am writing this on a calm Saturday afternoon. In two hours we will open our production of Maria Stuarda. The dress rehearsal this past Tuesday went exactly how a dress rehearsal is supposed to go: well enough to prove that we are ready for opening night, but still with a few little issues here and there that—once they've happened in rehearsal—won't happen again in performance. I am knocking on wood while I write this and look forward to seeing Stephen Lawless's beautiful production with our two queens, Serena Farnocchia and Alexandrina Pendatchanska, released to the public today.
Idomeneo, which will open a week tomorrow, is taking shape as well. Yesterday evening, we had the first stage and orchestra rehearsal. Conductor Harry Bicket and I decided to put the orchestra very high in the pit, and the resulting sound was just incredible. All the details and colours of Mozart's wonderful orchestral writing filled the auditorium with the utmost clarity. I think we have found a new pit position for operas with a small orchestra. I will keep you informed about the progress of this production in the course of next week.
Before I have to go to the theatre, I will continue listening to René Jacob's beautiful recording of Mozart's Clemenza di Tito (with Alexandrina Pendatchanska, our Elisabetta tonight, as Vitellia) and read a few more pages of the Verdi-Boito Correspondence. Have a good weekend.
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