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In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

Opening Night!

Nov 9, 2011 2:38:00 PM
By BLO Staff

Last
Friday night marked the opening of the 2011/2012 season at Boston Lyric Opera.
I was honored and excited to be a part of the evening, particularly with the
opening of Macbeth at the Shubert Theatre. I think the excitement was
indeed infectious as everyone dressed up in their best opera-going and party
attire for the occasion.
Macbeth is a new production for BLO as
well as the commemorative opening of the 35th Anniversary Season for
the company; so the evening was much anticipated. I could definitely tell that
everyone was anxious to start the show and enjoy the opening night festivities
over dessert and champagne afterwards at the Four Seasons in Downtown Boston.
Even
though I love running a show, the real pay off comes when the curtain comes down
and I talk to those who were in the audience and experienced the music and the
action on the stage. It was wonderful to be able to talk to fellow opera lovers
who attended the social festivities after the Macbeth opening to hear how each person reacted to the
juxtaposition of Verdi’s music and story.
However,
the good feedback for a stage manager comes when the audience notices the
smooth run of a performance. So, not only did the singer/conductor/orchestra do
their jobs well, but the stage management staff complemented their work by
making sure that they could give a superb performance without distraction.
That’s what makes a successful opera and opening night.
There are
only three performances left! I hope to see you at the show!
--Claire

Topics: behind the scenes, Backstage at BLO, macbeth

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