Parlando: The COC Blog

9/3/2010

Tim Albery has Arrived

Tim Albery's Aida concept talkRehearsals for Aida are now well underway, and on Monday, director Tim Albery (whom you may remember as the director of Götterdämmerung, War and Peace, and Rodelinda) introduced us all to his vision for the production. The discussion took place in the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, where we were surrounded by various and sundry props and set pieces. Johannes Debus and the principal singers were all present, and the first music rehearsal took place after the concept discussion concluded.

Tim Albery's Aida concept talk

The concept discussion included a small scale model of the set with various removable pieces, colorful costume drawings, and an exploration of important questions such as "how stupid is Radames [in Act III]?" As Tim Albery talked us through his concept and ideas for each scene, tiny dollhouse-sized pieces of furniture (as well as some tiny figurines representing the singers) were moved around on the miniature stage.

Tim Albery's Aida concept talk

For the time being, we're keeping details of the production under wraps, but the concept talk has made me even more excited to see it take shape, and I can't wait to show you more images of the Aida sets, props, and costumes. I hope these photos convey what an animated speaker Mr. Albery is!

Tim Albery's Aida concept talk

Tim Albery's Aida concept talk

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (2) / permalink

(9/4/2010 1:59:00 PM)
My curiosity is piqued! Bring on the images, props, sets, costumes!
Cecily (9/7/2010 12:00:00 AM)
Since it's a brand new production, many of the details are still under wraps, but I hope to be able to show you some imagery soon. As soon as it's available, you'll find it here—so watch this space!

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001