3 June 2011 at 6.42pm | Comment on this article
The entire cast of Tosca was evacuated off stage today mid-rehearsal, for a fire drill. The full chorus had just finished their Te Deum - and Scarpia had wickedly resolved to make Tosca his – when everyone had to leave the building, along with the audience, orchestra, and all staff and artists.
Martina Serafin (Tosca), Marcello Giordani (Cavaradossi), conductor Antonio Pappano et al duly left in an orderly fashion. The cast assembled in Covent Garden piazza in the brilliant June sun (at about 11.40), all looking very splendid, if rather surreal, in their wigs, bonnets and breeches. Alongside stood much of the ballet company, caught mid-class, many in pointe shoes and leg warmers.
All went to plan and by 12.40, the audience were back in their seats, the dancers back in their studios and the cast of Tosca ‘got on with the show’.
Thanks to all the audience members who showed such sang froid today, and proved how quickly and efficiently the opera house can be evacuated.
Neil Gillespie, a member of the chorus, was on hand to take some pictures