One day before the premiere of the opera The 50: After more than three weeks of rehearsal, everything is set at the Grand Hall of Bupyeong Art Center. The stage art has been erected, extra dancers have been trained to join the choir in their choreography, costumes have been tailored, the ensemble is warming up their instruments, the video projection is in place and the lighting ready for action.
In front of the stage, a thin gaze has been installed, to serve as a screen for the projections. Those include intertitles, graphic animations, light effects, and, at some points, live footage of the singers in close-up. This creates an interesting overlap of distance and closeness, as the singers are often placed way in the back of the stage. This way, space becomes a part of the story, too.
The musicians (members of the Ensemble TIMF, about 30 in total) are sitting inside the stage design. The small room is connected via CCTV to various monitors on stage, so that the singers can see the conductor.
And of course the curtain call needs to be rehearsed…
Tomorrow, there are still some rehearsals. A few lightning problems need to be fixed, too. But everything looks promising and I am looking forward to sit back in my chair and enjoy the show.
— 21 Feb. 2013 (木)