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Behind-the-scenes: Il barbiere di Siviglia General Rehearsal

Singer John Osborn gives us the backstage account of the performance.

By Royal Opera House

17 January 2011 at 4.00pm | 1 Comment

Guest blogger John Osborn, who performed as Il Conte d'Almaviva in the Il barbiere di Siviglia General Rehearsal on Saturday 15 January, tells us first hand about the evening. Along with the rest of the cast, he bravely carried on with the show despite a jammed fire curtain blocking access to the majority of the stage!

Read John's account of the evening below:

As we were all very prepared to run the entire show this Saturday, I have to admit that it was quite a surprise to hear that the fire curtain wasn't working, so we'd either be singing it all in front of the curtain, or maybe there was a chance the technicians might get it to work and thus, we'd do the whole show.

Well, it turns out that we couldn't get the fire curtain up; so, we all decided to do what we could to tell the story, on the sly, trying to be as true to the staging as possible, despite the limited space. We were already in makeup and costume, ready to go on.  So, the overture began, and we were all in accord that we would do our best out there, and have a good time doing it.  Turns out that we were all extremely tested by the twist of events, and we definitely had to act with all of our wits with no set or furniture to use from the production.

I feel that on the whole, we were all quite inventive, sang well, and had an incredibly good time playing the situation.  Rory, I'm sure, was also challenged with giving cues in different directions than we did in the staging rehearsals.  We were all so pleased to get such a positive response from the audience, and we even heard from several that they really enjoyed the intimacy of the format, and that we all still told a great story and were highly entertaining at the same time.  We hope and pray that everything goes well for the opening on Tuesday night.  I am convinced however, that perhaps the format in which we presented the opera, was so good, that there may be a demand for such a show in the near future.  Here's to live theatre!

By Royal Opera House

17 January 2011 at 4.00pm

This article has been categorised Opera, Uncategorised and tagged il barbiere di siviglia, Rehearsal, The Royal Opera

This article has 1 comment

  1. John Mayhead responded on 19 January 2011 at 10:42am Reply

    I was there and enjoyed it enormously, thanks to everyone who carried it off. Yes the audience did warm to it - helped by a fabulous and witty speech of apology before the start.

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