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Open Day at the Opera

February 18, 2008

Saturday the Opera House in Tours opened its doors to the public – we had access to the backstage and met a lot of the technicians. It’s an old theater in the style of the Opéra Garnier in Paris (much smaller though), so it was fascinating to see a lot of the original installations.

In the afternoon my friend Brigitte and I sat in on a rehearsal of their next production, Pélleas et Mélisande. Not my favorite opera by a long shot, but we stayed for a couple of scenes – it was interesting because they were working out technical details like placement on the stage etc. My opinion of the opera itself remains unchanged though. Apparently it’s an acquired taste. I haven’t acquired it yet – give me Italian opera any day….

Here are a few sketches done during rehearsal, of the director, the audience (I admit it, I wasn’t even watching the stage for a while) and a couple of main characters, Golaud and Mélisande.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2008 12:28 pm

    Wonderful sketches.
    My mom was an opera singer, so opera has a wierd effect on me. Since she practiced after us kids were in bed – most aria’s put me right to sleep with a comfy cozy feeling. And ” O Mio Babino Caro” will always, always remind me of mom.
    Other than Italian opera’s I’m not a great fan either.

  2. February 18, 2008 1:39 pm

    You manage to catch sooo much in a few lines. Love these – especially the last two. I haven’t acquired the taste yet either, but if my husband will feed me pre-performance at the Grand Tier, I’ll go to one opera with him at the Met per year.

  3. February 18, 2008 1:50 pm

    These are great, Casey – I especially like the view of the audience from the balcony and the form of Mélisande.

    Thanks, as always, for your comments!

  4. joan sandford cook permalink
    February 18, 2008 3:19 pm

    Casey – love your freedom of line and wash and somehow creating such solid form. Clever aspect looking down on the public in the stalls.

  5. February 18, 2008 4:29 pm

    Hey Casey,

    I love the opera drawings especially the female character. So much emotion in that one.


  6. February 18, 2008 8:04 pm

    Wow Casey, these are great! I really feel like I was sitting there with you. The onle over the balcony is especially appealing.

  7. February 19, 2008 12:19 am

    Great post!
    Thanks for the visit and comments.
    My Angela Hewitt sketch was made on site with a pilot pen. Later, at home, I used colored pencils.

  8. February 19, 2008 12:40 am

    Hi Casey,

    thank you very much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, i wasn’t aware that someone else had put my name and link up, but i’m grateful never the less.
    You have wonderful loose lines and a fun sense of color, keep at your life drawing and draw whenever you can!
    i’ll stop by now and again

  9. February 19, 2008 12:52 am

    oh and by the way, if you want to see some great life drawers, go to my blog and look under my links, check a girl named “seo kim” and “adam rogers” and also “alan cook”

    these 3 are great artists! i’m sure you’ll love their work

  10. February 19, 2008 12:54 am

    Casey! It too love the opera. And we are going twice this season. Lucky you to get behind the scenes. I so wish I could sketch more easily when I see and opera. I love the drama and the colors.
    I love your over head painting of people!!! Nice conductor one too.

  11. February 19, 2008 3:25 am

    Casey, what wonderful sketches. I especially like the arial view, that is one that you’ve captured well. The back view of the gentleman, my favorite.

  12. February 19, 2008 3:29 am

    oh! these are all so beautiful – but that last one is just mesmerizing! the pose, the way you framed it, the colors, all of it is just wonderful!

  13. February 19, 2008 4:53 am

    Charming sketches that do look very opera-like. It was fun to see the different points of views, looking down at the audience, up at the stage.

  14. March 8, 2008 10:56 pm

    God, these are absolutely BRILLINAT, Casey. Brilliant.

  15. March 8, 2008 10:57 pm

    I really should read through a comment before I post it. Excuse the spelling, gives me a chance to say my favourite is the second guy down. SO cool.

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