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Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

Week 2 Roundup of 'The Lighthouse' rehearsals

Jan 31, 2012 8:19:00 AM
By BLO Staff

David Cushing and John Bellemer sport their costumes
coupled with their blue jeans in rehearsal.
As The Lighthouse came together quite well
during the second week of staging in the rehearsal space, we were able to start
seeing the process of the singers turning into their characters as more and
more of the real costumes were integrated into rehearsal. For the first week we
had rehearsal items of what they will be wearing but, as always, it was helpful
to get the real items once the costume shop has completed making them. It was
fantastic to see the singers working in their jeans coupled with their actual
shirts, vests and jackets. 1900 meets 2012. But even with half a costume, the
clothes cause a transformation and make the characters real. This week we also
obtained real oatcakes from a specialty UK
store in Cambridge,
since the opera calls for the men to be eating them: “…it’s tea, and no bread!
It’s oatcakes!” exclaims a bitter Blazes. I really enjoyed them, but a few of
the other staff in the room didn’t care for their dryness. They are great with
tea!
-- Crystal Manich, Assistant Director

Topics: behind the scenes, BLO Exposed, Backstage at BLO, General Opera, The Lighthouse

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