Many people (including me) got their first look at the Aida staging on Saturday night, at our open ORCA rehearsal for Culture Days. The lucky attendees, who started lining up for the event nearly an hour before it was slated to begin, got the chance to see acts I and II fully staged, with sets, costumes, and surtitles. While an ORCA rehearsal is not as close to a performance experience as a dress rehearsal—there were occasional interruptions and repeats of short sections, and the conductor Johannes Debus could sometimes be heard giving direction and humming along with the music—those in the theatre that day got to see an interesting mix of polished performance and work-in-progress, and the interruptions only added to the intrigue. Tonight's dress rehearsal marks the end of the rehearsal process, and three days from now Aida will open!
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We've shown you photos of the Aida trumpets built by Herb Poole. Now see one in action!
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The opening night of Aida is a little over a week away, and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is bursting with activity. I had the chance to peek in and take some photos of one of the ORNO (Orchestra Note) rehearsals last week, while the COC Orchestra rehearsed Act IV with Michele Capalbo.
Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001