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Page Turning Excitement

Posted in Opera Atelier, Thoughts on Opera by cToronto on April 8, 2010

First: new (to me) and interesting opera blogs!

opera-toonity – lighthearted opera blog by Gale, who is writing an opera-themed comic novel

Opera Rat – opera discussion from the perspective of a non-insider

Second, all about me:

I spent Tuesday evening volunteering for Opera Atelier’s Versailles Gala, where I administered a rum tasting (rum is interestingly gendered; none of the women were the least bit interested, but the men were very enthused) and turned pages for the pianist accompanying the Figaro cast.

Page turning is fun in the right circumstances, but very stressful in others. If the pages are clearly printed, the book doesn’t want to flop over, and the pianist gives clear nods, it’s a fun way to be part of a musical event without actually producing any music. Otherwise, you wind up with the fear that you will ruin the performance by turning too early, turning too late, or accidentally knocking the book on the floor. This time, everything went beautifully, the singers looked and sounded gorgeous, and there were no disasters. After hearing the talent, I am looking forward to The Marriage of Figaro even more than before.

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  1. Heather said, on April 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    A rum tasting at an opera gala! Is there some sort of rum/opera connection (other than these are two terrific things)? It’s funny that rum is (still) gendered. Its association with the military (as well as pirates!) may have something to do with it. When I played in an army band I recall getting “rum rations” before we played the sunset ceremony on Remembrance Day.

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