The first Opera Scenes production for this academic year ends its run in the Milton Court Studio this evening. These productions are informal performances of extracts from several different operas – this one includes scenes from Don Pasquale, Fidelio, Written on Skin, La Boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro and Rinaldo, amongst others.
The singers are accompanied by a repetiteur on piano, led by Music Director Elizabeth Rowe. Martin Lloyd-Evans has directed, with Adam Torrance, who is a fellow on the Opera Course, taking on the role of Assistant Director. The set has been designed by Alexandra Kharibian and costume by Lydia Comer Narroway, a third year Costume student. Lighting design is by Natasha Holdaway, who is a third year Stage Management student. This production is also Natasha’s graduation project.
The production has six in its Stage Management team, Lauren (SM), Abi (DSM), Jenn, Tabitha, Colin and Ellen (ASM’s). Jenn and Tabitha went to pick up a school desk bought on eBay for the production and had to wait for their collection, so they took some photos with the desk on the street while they waited, it also proved very popular as a work station for Saturday, Sunday, Monday ASM Tom!
The set for the production features a tree that is built entirely out of chairs, with items from our props store hanging in amongst the chairs.
ASM, Tabitha, is an elective student who has joined us for this production from Design Realisation. Having done Stage Management as one of her Associated Studies last year, Tabitha was then able to take on an ASM role in her second year. She describes her experience on Opera Scenes as “I’ve had such a fun and crazy time the last six weeks and it has been a big challenge learning new skills such as reading music and working with new departments! There’s been lots of hard moments but so fun to be a part of a team running a show each day! Chairs (many many chairs), hessian, babies and a lobster sum it up somehow!! Thanks to all the SM and technical teams and fab cast on opera scenes! :)”