[This is a guest post by our associate technical director Barney Bayliss, the author of a series of posts for Parlando titled "Behind the Scenes." Read all of Barney's posts here]
Rigoletto and Iphigenia in Tauris are now running in the theatre. The production period for these two shows was stressful because of the size of the sets: it took so long to do the changeovers between the shows that we kept getting behind schedule. Now that the shows are open, changeovers are taking about six hours to complete (read more about the changeover process here).
One of our crew members who works on the changeovers is Paul Galle. Paul likes to make films, and asked me if I minded if he made a time lapse film of one of the changeovers from Rigoletto to Iphigenia in Tauris. The video you see here was shot from the second row of seats, one frame every ten seconds over six hours. Coffee and lunch breaks have been edited out.
I hope you like it, and thanks to Paul and the rest of the crew for their help.
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Mooney on Theatre reviews Rigoletto, calls it "one of the most spectacular operatic productions I have seen to date."
Digital Journal also has high praise for Rigoletto, calling it "dazzling...I can die a happy man."
barczablog's review of Rigoletto: "I was riveted by their surroundings, the fascinating reverberations of
Alden’s reframing of the story, sometimes making actions more pathetic,
sometimes bringing an odd sort of humour to the proceedings."
Brian Hay at norules-nolights.com calls Rigoletto "A thinking person's feast for the eyes and ears."
From the blog opera ramblings: "Lynch, Lomeli and Osborne rock Rigoletto."
Stage Door, in its review, remarks that "The strength of [Quinn Kelsey's] warm, rich baritone, his passionate delivery and fine acting are sure to secure him a bright future."
Definitely the Opera has an in-depth interview with director Christopher Alden, discussing the ideas behind the production concept as well as some of his other projects.
"You can say you knew them when." The Toronto Star profiles some of the emerging artists who star in the production.
For an introduction to Rigoletto, check out our new podcast on COC Radio.
And, of course, don't miss our twitter roundup of enthusiastic audience reactions.
Photo: Ekaterina Sadovnikova as Gilda and Dimitri Pittas as the Duke of Mantua in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Rigoletto. © Michael Cooper 2011.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001