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How to Stage an Opera – the 2013/14 Season

Our new series on the practicalities of staging an opera has looked at traditional favourites and controversial new productions.

By Rachel Beaumont (Product Manager)

31 July 2014 at 3.00pm | Comment on this article

In its first Season, our new 'How to Stage an Opera' series has offered different perspectives on the choices facing a director and the different stages in the process, from the initial research through to the final performance.

In 'Freud and Die Frau ohne Schatten' we look at how the theories of Freud and their influence on Richard Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal guided director Claus Guth and designer Christian Schmidt in their new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten.

In 'Faust and the 19th century' we turn to Gounod's Faust, and see how director David McVicar has dusted off the traditional view of the opera as clichéd, to return to its dark and troubling heart.

In 'Tradition and transformation in La traviata' we look at how director Richard Eyre in his classic production of La traviata uses a deceptively traditional approach to intensify the drama, in a direct reflection of Verdi's score.

In 'Tosca and one day in Rome' we see how director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown made use of Puccini's very specific setting in Tosca to introduce an extraordinary level of period detail to great theatrical effect.

In 'Community in Dialogues des Carmélites' we look at how director Robert Carsen has placed people and community at the heart of his production of Poulenc's compassionate score, inspired by real events.

In 'The ugliness of Manon Lescaut' we see how Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown unflinchingly present the sordid story Puccini tells in his Manon Lescaut.

And finally, in 'Exploring the complex naturalism of La bohème' we see how John Copley's revered production of La bohème, with immersive designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, creates a captivating onstage world.

Follow the series next Season, as we look at the first revival of Richard Jones's production of Anna Nicole, Martin Kušej's new production of Idomeneo and many more.

By Rachel Beaumont (Product Manager)

31 July 2014 at 3.00pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged different perspectives, director, How to Stage an Opera, Production, series, stage, staging

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