Orfeo ed Euridice opened on Sunday, to overwhelming critical acclaim!
Ambur Braid, the Ensemble Studio soprano who sings the role of Amore (the god of Love, at right in the photo above), has been writing a diary for the National Post about preparing to sing the role.
Day One: "Recently my life has been full of rehearsals, stagings and wardrobe fittings in preparation to sing the role of Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck."
Day Two: "This is the first time I have played a male and a female in the same production."
Day Three: "There was a possibility that my hair would be dyed blond for the production and it has been confirmed that I will be remaining a brunette!"
Day Four: "If you ever want advice on how to deal with a cold or flu, announce that you're feeling something coming on in a room full of singers and you'll get an earful of advice." (For more on this topic, see Ambur's blog)
Day Five: "Regardless of how rehearsed a production is, the knife will never be in the same place you put it, or the costume will rip, or the trapdoor will get stuck."
And, as an extra bonus, here's a blog post by Ambur showing her transformation in Orfeo from female to male and back again.
Photo: (l - r) Lawrence Zazzo, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Ambur Braid. © Michael Cooper 2011
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001