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Regensburg concert…twitted

Some photos posted on Twitter from the concert in Regensburg this evening. And some hints of the program…Habanera, some Massenet, some Tosti, All the things you are, Guten Abend, Gut' Nacht...


The 2014 run of La Boheme in London ended. Lots of photos here.

And one more round of applauses for Angela Gheorghiu, Vittorio Grigolo, Irina Lungu, Massimo Cavalletti, Lauri Vasar and Gábor Bretz! They all brought to life a beautiful story. Congratulations!

Something I like


To someone special!
Toi, toi, toi for tonight!

VIDEO footage from La Boheme at ROH

Official footage posted earlier today on the Royal Opera House's YouTube page. Short interviews and a sum up of La Boheme in only 3:40 minutes.
The final performance of La Boheme of this season is on Saturday, July 19.


A world stage

Room 31 at the ROH may seem pretty (oh, so pretty!) crowded these days. But what a fabulous crowd.
When in London, make sure you do not miss them on stage during the final performances of this season.

Royal Opera House. A world stage.

#ROHboheme, seen on Twitter

The large number of tweets from last night's live screening of La Boheme around UK prove one more that people are addicted to their phones 24/7. This is how I found out that there were more than 6000 people in Trafalgas Square in London and that at some point the police restricted the acces as there were too many people and there wasn't any spot to sit down anymore. Great!

Photos via Twitter

First photo from La Boheme, spotted on Twitter

***UPDATE, a few hours later. ROH published another photo, this time on Facebook. Image © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigolo in act II of La Boheme

The Royal Opera House twitted earlier the photo below. Probably there are more to come and on more official channels, including credits.

Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigolo in act III of La Boheme

Enjoy the screenings tonight!

REMINDER, La Boheme live on big screens in UK, July 15

BP Big Screens continue with a broadcast on Tuesday evening starting 7pm:
*July 15 - La Boheme - Angela Gheorghiu/Vittorio Grigolo/Massimo Cavalletti/Irina Lungu

If you're in London, go to Trafalgar Square. If you're in another city, check out the location listing on  big screens around UK.

While in London, I spotted a few ads in the underground.

VIDEO, La Boheme at ROH, curtain calls, July 12

I do believe in magic. Magic happened again the other night at the Royal Opera House. I'm up on my white fluffy cloud!

La Boheme
Royal Opera House, July 12

Angela Gheorghiu, Mimi
Vittorio Grigolo, Rodolfo
Massimo Cavalletti, Marcello
Irina Lungu, Musetta
Lauri Vasar, Schaunard
Gábor Bretz, Coline

Insight: La Boheme. What I saw, what I heard

An old saying says be careful what you wish for coz it might happen. You know me, always curious to know how things happen behind the scenes of a production, who's involved, what they are doing and so on. I wished to attend a rehearsal day at the Royal Opera House. And it happened. It was an amazing experience! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

*Location: a rehearsal room inside the Royal Opera House, a huge space resembling a warehouse having, I guess, the same size as the main stage.

*Participants: members of the cast involved the the second act scheduled for rehearsal on that day. Angela Gheorghiu (Mimi), Vittorio Grigolo (Rodolfo), Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello), Irina Lungu (Musetta), Lauri Vasar (Schaunard), Gábor Bretz (Colline). 

The pianist, the conductor the assistant director and three of his assistants: one taking notes, one following all the movements of the participants, their entrances and exists from the stage; and one in charge with the props, putting them in place each time the director decided to start over from a certain bar. And some extras, replacing the chorus for the cast to know its approximate position and movement. I found this extremely interesting as this was the first rehearsal of this type I had ever attended. 

*In rehearsal, the second act of La Boheme. That day it was more about direction than singing. Of course, all the members of the cast had already performed this production, either at the Royal Opera House or on other important stages. Casually dressed, singing, acting, laughing, joking, they offerred me such a great experience.

*Among many papers on one a table, my attention was drawn by three things: first, the orchestra score, of reasonable size. 

Next to it there was another score of La Boheme but at least double the size of the first one. I waited for a while for the director to open it then I understood what that was. It was the piano-vocal score printed on one side only. Both the white page on the left and the page on the right containing the score were full with colored post its, schetches, notes, red and black lines. All in all, it contained all the direction notes necessary to put the production together at any time. Wish I hade some more time to look into it. But the director didn't take his eyes away from it. At least now I know that such a book do exist. 

Next to these two scores there was also a pile of black and white, old photos from the production, used as guidelines for the placement of the sets, cast and chorus. 

*The set was improvised. A few tables with chairs, the position of some other tables at Cafe Momus was marked by empty barels and cases, no background sets. No full costumes, except a jacket or a scarf here and there, for a certain singer to know where to place it or when to put it on.

The director was running from left to right, giving indications… "don't go too far behind" ... "Hold her and move together to the far left" ... "Find yourself a position behind him so you could grab the glass with the right hand and the plate with the left hand, following the rhythm of the music so it makes more sense".... And he kept asking for retakes to correct any small mistake he noticed.

These are just a few notes for you, all the curious people like me, to know how things are done behind the scenes. Trust me, it s a lot of work, patience, passion and emotion involved during a long period of time for us to enjoy a two hour performance. I respect so much all this work and i love opera even more!

Now I'm waiting to go back to London. Soon, very soon. Si, mi chiamano Lucia, ma il mio nome e Mimi ;) ….