Frank likes being an extra for the opera. They call them ‘supers’ in this realm. Weeks ago, he received an email telling him that he was accepted as a super for the upcoming opera, “Maria Stuarda” and that casting would be held tonight at the rehearsal hall. We packed up our things and headed into the city and arrived about a half hour early.
We quietly went into the hall, and sat in the seats for the chorus/supers while the principal singers were rehearsing. It was beautiful and powerful and moving, yet we were all alone. By this I mean that wouldn’t you expect there to be more than two people in the super seats by 6:15 if you are supposed to be there by 6:30?
Eventually, the opera manager- who knows who we are from my work- came over and asked what we were doing there. I blithely said I was there for a private concert, which he laughed and said, “That’s fine!”, but Frank told him he was there for casting. Hmmm…. seems we didn’t get the memo that casting was rescheduled for Wednesday.
Oh well, in the meantime, Frank and I got a private performance some people would give their right arm to have with Austrian soprano Gabriele Fontana singing the title role of Maria Stuarda. She has appeared in leading roles with the Bayrische Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, and the Bregenz Festival and is in great demand in Europe for her interpretations of Leonora (Fidelio), the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) and Senta (Der Fliegende HollÃƒÂ¤nder). Argentine soprano Fabiana Bravo makes her Baltimore Opera debut as Queen Elizabeth following impressive performances with Washington Summer Opera and Virginia Opera. Miss Bravo joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera and debuted at San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. Tenor Gregory Kunde is regarded as one of the most elegant bel canto singers on the operatic stage, bringing impeccable phrasing and dramatic intensity to every role he undertakes. He has become a favorite among area bel canto fans for his performances as Arturo in I Puritani and Elvino in La Sonnambula.
Too cool, eh?