I said goodbye to the bear, and snuck through the halls, winding to a door that I hoped would be correct. Peeking through the door, it was mostly darkness, but I moved inside, sitting down beside another on-looker. Leaning over to the bearded lady, we whispered for a few minutes as I tried to figure out what was happening on stage and where we were in the show. Was this the part where the robotic woman came out? Where was the wolf boy? Are we currently outside the circus tent?
This was my Sunday (Jan.27), as I was at the tech rehearsals for the Edmonton Opera’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann). To say it was surreal wouldn’t do it justice. It was probably one of the most interesting days I will spend along my project, and I’m so thankful that the Opera let me come and see the behind-the-scenes of it all.
Life and many other things have prevented this blog entry to be out in a timely fashion, which I would apologize for – but I hate apologies in blogs for late content. So, rather than talk your ear off about the Opera, which I’ve never actually experienced before, I’m going to give you the best quick post with photos from the experience.
My favourite photo of the day… well, I can’t share with you. If you want to see it, you still have two chances – albeit one is tonight – and it’s the very last scene. Trust me, you’ll know it when you see it.
Tales of Hoffmann is an opera that is easily loved by both traditional audiences and newbies alike. As a newcomer to the opera scene, I’m pretty excited (as you might be able to tell) about this performance. The tech rehearsal was incredibly interesting, and I enjoyed watching the performers and crew – as well as meeting them after. I was so excited, I convinced Vickie to buy us tickets and we’re going to go and experience the show. I’m positive I’ll tweet about it. And I’ll see if I can post my favourite photo after the run is over. But if I can’t post the photo, or you just can’t wait – you really should check out Tales of Hoffmann. When are you going to have the opportunity to see an opera with a robotic woman, circus folk, a man in a bear costume and a stilt-walker! Side note: Marianne, the stilt-walker is a very sweet woman – she is 5’5″ without the stilts but wanted to know how the world looked as a taller person. Turns out she’s a natural.
If you want to see the show, tickets are still available for Thursday nights performance.
Want to know what it would be like to be in the chorus? Sable gives you a multi-part look at her experience.