and a big day filled with many different facets of putting on an opera. In the morning was a cast read through (just text) of the entire opera, and a discussion on the story arc for each character - fascinating. In the afternoon we started staging - beginning at the beginning with the overture. Already some beautiful imagery starting to appear and great to see the work getting on to its feet. Costume fittings also began today; and again terrific to see design ideas becoming reality. Much work has been done on props, and stage plans are now covering much of one wall in the rehearsal studio. Add to this harpsichord tuning, working on vocal ornamentation, Italian language, body language, fight techniques and many other things and you'll begin to get the picture! Here's a lovely pic of Bajazet's two would be lovers - Asteria (Emily Edmonds) and Andronico (Russell Harcourt).