First off, NO SPOILERS here. None. But, I can and will say that I did not see the twists and turns coming. This opera, more than any other opera, perhaps because it is the world premiere, but this opera, had me literally on the edge of my seat right until the curtain dropped for the final time.
And once that curtain did drop and Judith Forst walked on stage the audience, almost as one, rose to their feet in a standing “O”.
I am now inside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre preparing for my backstage tour pre-world premiere of Lillian Alling. I have to say that I wavered at the door, but the black Boulets were my boot of choice.
Bloggers Frances Sprout and Miranda Lievers are here with me already. We await the arrival of Nik Belonio.
Same as last season, the curious are coming by and asking what it is we are doing. How to explain our vocation? We are live-blogging…writing, in the moment with the emotion of the performance still burning in our hearts. I had a quick conversation with an audience member and we were reminiscing about last season’s performance of Madama Butterfly. Even though it was last season the feelings and hurt still linger in my heart. My feelings having been honed through the experience of having my own children.
Thinking about Madama Buttterfly makes me smile a little about tonight’s performance. Madama Butterfly was set in Nagasaki, Japan. Carmen set in Seville, Spain. And tonight’s opera? Set partially in a waterfront cafe and Telegraph Creek, BC. Fabulous! I am so excited to see how this plays out on stage!
I have been backstage! You might think that when you develop a new opera you might play it safe. That was not the approach to Lillian Alling. This is an opera that takes chances and embraces technology.
In order to travel across North America with Lillian Alling they would have needed endless stage settings. Instead, the Vancouver Opera elected to make use of projection screens for the journey across North America. The projections will be a combination of movie footage and jpeg images.
Once the opera begins the “command centre” switches over to the Stage Manager. This is truly the “command centre” of the opera.
In the above photo is Terry Harper, the Director of Production who was kind enough to take our group of bloggers backstage and give us a thumbnail sketch of how the production will unfold.
One of the things that Terry pointed out is that on each of the projectors (15,000 Lumens) is a “dowser.” The purpose of this device is in case of the Bill Gates blue-screen of death, the projector can be doused and a back-up plan can fall into place. Ahh…the things we do to protect us from PC-failure.
The bells have begun to toll calling us to our seats. I will be back at intermission.
Well I was very pleased to see the Vancouver Opera blog announce who the other live-bloggers were going to be for the world premiere of Lillian Alling. I am pleased to be sharing the blogger table at the Vancouver Opera opening night of Lillian Alling with: Frances Sprout, Miranda Lievers and Nik Belonio.
And of course once I knew who else was going to be live-blogging alongside me at the world premiere (I love saying that! When was the last time there was a world premiere of an opera in Vancouver?) I felt inclined to check out their blogs to see how they are preparing for tomorrow night’s performance of Lillian Alling.
I was shocked to find out that they are already considering what they are going to wear to the opera. I had not given this a thought until I saw that the other live-bloggers were going to be treating this like a real dress-up affair. So that got me thinking about what I will be wearing.
Should I wear my high-mileage burgundy Boulets?
My burgundy Boulets have seen many hard miles but still hold a perfect shine once I put a bit of elbow-grease into them. They do have some wear marks on them that are difficult to disguise but they are as comfortable as a pair of slippers and work quite nicely with a couple of my suits.
My other footwear option; my relatively new black Boulets.
My black Boulets are the boots that I wore on the day that my Sweetheart and I got married. These boots have become one of my favourite pair of boots. They are not as well-worn as my burgundy Boulets, and as such will accept a polish more readily than my burgundy Boulets. And really, a pair of black Boulets is the equivalent of a woman’s “little black dress”, they really do go with anything I wear.
I have already decided to take my Dayton Black Beauties, Drivers, and Sidekicks out of the mix. But I need your help on my final decision; which boots do I wear to the world premiere of Vancouver Opera’s Lillian Alling? Please help me out!!