Thursday, June 5, 2014

Geisha'fied for Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Play "Reflection" by Mulan for full effect.


Lovelies. I have finally found some time for you.

In a nutshell, singing has been nonstop since January and I have finally found a break (kind of) to spend some quality time with you and talk about my recent experience singing in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with Opera Lyra Ottawa. 

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For the short time the choir is on stage for this popular opera, being a geisha is a character I haven't quite experienced but enjoyed immensely. If it wasn't enough that the beautiful costumes had me squealing like a five year old in the cereal isle of a grocery store, acting the part was a learning curve.

I kept thinking "What would Mulan do?".

Enjoy some of these photos while I scarf down a Jo Louis:

Photo credit: Sam Garcia and Gene Wu

Sometimes I like to hang in casual garb complete with theatrical makeup.
 

 Full costume!

 
Full cast right before Bonzo's entrance. I'm on the right with a questionable "worried" look.

 
Geisha gals.

 
Full chorus.

 
Backstage shenanigans.

Never complete without a warm-up selfie.

Chopsticks, so hot right now. Chopsticks.
 
 
Needless to say, we had a lot fun with the short amount of time we had on stage. Even humming the high B flat in the humming chorus had me giggling like a mad woman. Can't say the stiff shuffling and elegance is not a trait I favour but it was an incredible experience I will surely not forget.
 
 
See you soon lovelies! 


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