This weekend I’ll be performing Puccini’s Turandot with the DuPage Opera Theater and the New Philharmonic. It’s a concert version of this tremendous opera, so the singers are in costume but there are no sets and the orchestra is onstage. This is difficult to pull off, since the orchestra is very large and having us down in the pit would help to balance the voices, but it’s also very exciting, I think. There’s a lot of sound, and a LOT of bodies on stage, and the music is astonishing. I admit that I didn’t know this opera before I began preparing for the production, but I am loving it. The orchestration is so fascinating, and the colors sound so contemporary, and of course the singers are marvelous.
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