L'Elisir d'Amore for Lyric Theatre @ Illinois was everything I could have hoped for my first opera stage management experience: beautiful, funny, challenging, and including some of the loveliest people I've ever had the privilege of working with.
There are stories that I will write about later, but for now, have a quick list of good things.
- Score Calling - Calling completely from a score for the first time was amazing. My musical mind was in heaven.
- Italian Pronunciation - I may not know what I'm saying, but a colleague was kind enough to work through the finer points of Italian with me so I could give placement to the performers in tech after a hold without confusion.
- Performer Flying - Dr. Dulcamara flew in his balloon every night, safely, without incident. I consider this the greatest success.
- Increased Scale - Simply looking at the number of people involved, L'elisir is easily the largest show I've worked on. Our total came in around 150 people, which could have been intimidating. Instead, I regularly found myself saying, 'Everything about this show is so big! I love it!' I may be biased, but it definitely helped that those 150 people were phenomenal.
- Opera Appreciation - I wasn't sure what to expect walking into the rehearsal room the first day of staging for an art form I knew little about. I definitely did not expect to fall in love with it. The fact I'm seeing my first professional opera tonight, have been researching and learning as much as I can about opera these past few weeks, and have plans to see a show at the Met in March speaks volumes. As does the fact I continue to happily hum L'elisir rather constantly. I think it's safe to say I'm in love.