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.

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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