What happens when you string together the efforts of the first ~40 hours of staging rehearsals for the first time? Some might call it a run-through, but we think that “stumble-through” is more accurate. This morning, the cast of Figaro put together Acts 1 and 2, and they lived to tell the tale.
Director David Paul reminded us all this was still a rehearsal and that expectations were low on getting everything perfect. As long as it wasn’t “incessantly bad,” the show would go on. :) And of course, it did, in a very exciting fashion. Characters are being developed, story lines refined, ensembles tightened. For as many years as I’ve witnessed full opera productions, I am still astonished by the way they go from nothing to fully-formed shows in 3 weeks’ time.