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A New Year Beating Back into Shape



So Christmas is come and gone, the New Year is upon us and it’s all hands on deck, no really, at Giulio Cesare.

Saw the rig in place on the stage for the first time today. Seems so much bigger than when set up in the rehearsal room, and is obviously designed to fit the space perfectly, but it does look amazing, especially under the lights. Although it has to be said that nothing quite beats the view of the Grand’s gorgeous auditorium from the privileged position of being on stage. Maybe it’s just me, but I really enjoyed that view.

Being post-Christmas, all the costumes seem to have, shall we say, shrunk in the wash, a tad? But I have absolutely no doubt that the final week’s intensive rehearsals will stretch them back into shape. Or us. Depending…

The sprint to the finish starts here. Pre-show buzz has descended, it is going to be some week ahead. Next we bring in the full orchestra and will get to hear the piece as it was intended to be heard, for the very first time. From an opera fan’s perspective, I am really looking forward to that.

Hopefully my fellow slaves and I will manage not to too overtly damage ourselves, or indeed, our principals, before we open.  I am quite sure the lovely Anne, Sarah and Jamie will be very happy to see the back of being beaten, stripped, chained down, or strung up by our unruly gang, day after day. Sorry guys, we do love you really!

I feel it is only fair at this point, given that we are dealing in the medium that gave the world the concept of the diva, to mention the entire absence of such behaviour from the process. Any production, of any size, is always all the better when everyone can both work really hard and have a great laugh together. This has been, and continues to be, a joy to be part of.

So the next time you hear from me, we shall be underway. Full dress rehearsal on the 12th, we open on the 14th.

Wish us well, come to see us, will keep you posted.

Oliver Knight

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