In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

The New Girl In Town

Oct 19, 2011 4:30:00 PM
By BLO Staff

Claire Friday, Assistant Stage Manager

Boston! My first time in this big city. So much history,
culture, and things to see–but first and foremost, I’m here with Boston Lyric
Opera on one contract to Assistant Stage Manage on David Schweizer and John
Conklin’s production of Macbeth.

Since I’m the new girl
here, I should probably tell you a little bit about myself. I’m
from Los Angeles and grew up a Southern
California native before moving off to The University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign to pursue my graduate degree in Stage Management with a
concentration in opera stage management. (Yes! There is such a thing.) I knew
that I wanted to pursue opera production and management as a career very early
on while I was still in college. I currently reside in LA and work in opera
stage management at various companies including LA Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera
Colorado, and San Diego Opera. I grow to love this business more and more each
day. I meet so many fascinating people and incredibly talented singers and
musicians. Not many people can claim to have those different and creative
experiences day after day. I consider it a privilege to be here working in such
a unique and beautiful art form. I
couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
But enough about me. Let’s
talk about this ghoulish and wicked (don’t you use that word in Boston?) production of Macbeth! I’m really enjoying my first
couple of weeks at BLO. Great staff, talented creative team, and fantastic vision
for this production on everyone’s part. We are well into rehearsals for the
show and the singers and production team are working hard to create a
well-thought-out and visually avant-garde interpretation of one of Verdi’s
masterpieces. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the team towards a
successful production. I’ll keep you updated as we move from the rehearsal room
to the stage and fit all of the pieces of the puzzle together into a beautiful,
polished opera.
The Assistant Stage
Manager on Stage Left,

Topics: behind the scenes, General Opera, John Conklin, macbeth

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