or more broadly, a found space.”
reasons why I think that’s a great idea:
- Most people view opera as a fancy, extravagant
production. Not that The Emperor of Atlantis, or Death Quits won’t be extravagant…or fancy…it
just places the production in a different space not typically suited for an
opera – thus, breaking the stereotype that opera is for “old stuffy people” and
appeals to a much broader audience.
makes everyone – audience, creative team, cast, crew – think outside the box.
Different spaces mean different ways of staging a show, different sets, props,
costumes; even different approaches to performing.
I stated before, it appeals to a much broader audience. Not only that, but I
think using a nontraditional space will let everyone relax a little bit more
and perhaps even enjoy the show in a different way than one typically enjoys an
opera. You might pay attention to details you normally would overlook, and as a
result you might gain a new appreciation for a particular technique, etc.
the very least, using a found space for an opera can make the focus on the heart
of the opera itself – the music. Without an elaborate set and the other
distractions that may come with a large opera house, the audience is left to
focus on what they came there for – the singers and the lyrics and the music
Sure, there are negative aspects of using a
found space for an opera. Just as there is always the chance of negative
reactions when performing experimental theatre. If anything, I think going
outside of the norm and performing in different ways ultimately benefits all
parties involved – the audience, the performers and the creative minds behind
the production – even if that particular production is a complete flop because
you can’t knock something until you try it.
- Katie McNamara, Saint Anselm College