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Final Rehearsal Period for the “Abductors”

24 JUL 2013

by Theresa Dittmar  11:28 h;
published in: Opera

Theresa Dittmar, Philippe Spiegel (Photo: Wild & Team)
Final rehearsals are always a bit stressful. The finished stage, the costumes and the orchestra always change things once again. We Young Singers need a bit of time to get accustomed to these new conditions. However, there is little time left. We have had a turbulent weekend. Last Saturday, July 20, 2013, all the members of the Young Singers Project contributed their share to the Festival Opening Party of the Salzburg Festival. At two concerts at the University’s main auditorium, visitors gleaned an impression of us young singers.
That was not easy for us all, and it was also pretty hot! But there is no time to rest. Our production, Die Entführung aus dem Serail für Kinder, is in its final rehearsals. The orchestra has arrived and we have completed the first stage rehearsals with orchestra. But we are pretty confident, not least because of our wonderful music director, Ben Gernon (winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013). It is wonderful to work with such a young and talented conductor. It is truly something special that this production is being assembled by so many young people. We can all learn a lot from each other and share a similar situation in life. It is an amazing opportunity and a challenge for us.
I am looking forward especially to the first rehearsals with costumes, make-up and lighting. Slowly, we have a feeling for the extent of our transformation. Since in our case, both casts for Blonde are brunettes and both casts for Konstanze are blondes, there are a lot of wigs. During the wig and make-up trial, there was a lot of amazement. One does look really different with blond ringlets!
What is quite stressful for us is the heat, unfortunately. The costumes are gorgeous, but rather warm. With so many spotlights trained upon us and broken air-conditioning at the University’s main auditorium, it’s easy to break a sweat. It is particularly trying for our two Osmins. The two of them not only get to wear amazing oriental costumes, but they are also wearing a few extra hidden pounds. This means that under their many layers of costume, there is also a “fat suit”, and that does not make things easier. But there’s only one thing for it: drinking a lot, and running for ice-cream during the breaks!

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