Open Day at the Opera
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.