We’re very excited to start Armida; it’s always a wonderful moment after all the preparation when everyone walks into the rehearsal room and we begin. We began, as we almost always do, with two days of music calls. This is the chance for Antony Walker, who is conducting Armida, to work with all the singers, particularly on the recitative - working and shaping the music. It’s also a chance to work on language and ornamentation, and Crystal Manich, our director, came to both days and began giving insights into character and ways of delivering particular lines according to intent. It’s a great chance for all the singers to hear what everyone else has been doing (and to be impressed!).
Then today (Monday) we began production rehearsals. The day started with the design presentation for the singers - Crystal, Alicia Clements (set designer) and Christie Milton (costume designer) talked through the production, and everyone got to see what it will look like and what they will wear! Once all the explanations happened and all the questions answered it’s on with Act One!
Crystal began work with Rachelle Durkin (Armida), Leif Aruhn-Solén (Rinaldo) and Christopher Richardson (Idreno). It’s wonderful to see it happening, and by the end of the day we are a good way into the first act. It’s an incredible score - beautiful arias, and already we can see the production enhancing and explaining this. Looking forward to tomorrow!