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Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

Building 'The Lighthouse'

Jan 16, 2012 9:33:00 AM
By BLO Staff

This February BLO produces the third annual Opera Annex production; Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse. In this chamber opera Davies explores the ominous maritime tale of three lighthouse keepers who mysteriously disappeared in 1900 from Northern Scotland’s Orkney Islands. The Opera Annex productions hold a special place my heart because BLO seeks to produce opera in a found space with each Opera Annex. In its first season (2009/2010) BLO brought Britten's The Turn of Screw to the Park Plaza Castle and then in the 2010/2011 Season, BLO transformed the Wimberley Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA into the Emperor's tyrannical world with Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis. This season BLO brings the Opera Annex to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Using a wall of windows overlooking Boston Harbor as the backdrop for the set, designer Camellia Koo created a stunning design--another world of its own. Now, the A.R.T. scene shop is bringing that vision to life. I've had the privilege of observing the set in various stages along the way--beginning with the set model.
Model of the set, created by Koo.
Base of the platform as seen in the set model photo,
in progress at the A.R.T. scene shop.
Crew installs the platform at the rehearsal hall.
As a life-long theatre-geek, I love to see the progression from the designer's vision to finished product. Koo envisioned several pieces to transform Smith Hall at the Kennedy Library  from a hall with a wall of windows to the mysterious world of Davies' The Lighthouse.
Watch a video of the set pieces coming together:
--Karen Robichaud, Design & New Media Manager

Topics: behind the scenes, BLO Exposed, Backstage at BLO, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Lighthouse

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