When backstage takes centre stage

When backstage takes centre stage

Before the spectacle of a Viennese opera can begin, the extra
ordinary needs to happen.

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Staging a single opera on the scale of a Viennese showstopper, for an audience over 2,000 strong, takes more than a 1000 people making an extra ordinary effort. However, it’s not just the sheer numbers that make these operas extraordinary, but the complexity of hundreds of moving parts and people, all working seamlessly together…

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Before the performers can take their places centre stage, an extra ordinary team effort has to take place back stage.

It all starts with the the stage manager. He or she, along with two assistants, is responsible for ensuring the singers and dancers make their entrances at the right time; the lighting and set changes are on cue; and dozens of other behindthe-scenes decisions keep the show running smoothly.And none of this would be possible without some 250 stage crew working against the clock during intermissions to make sure the set is ready for the next act.

Vienna operas are famous for their extraordinary costumes and sets, which often elicit a standing ovation before a performance begins.

The set designer works hand-in-hand with the production team to create these fantastical, immersive environments in which to stage the story.

That includes the lighting designers, who direct the production team in how, where and when to light the stage, which colours to use, and when to use the spotlights.And more than a dozen costumiers, joined by wig and make up artists, to make sure no hair or thread is out of place. They manage close to 180,000 outfits from the costume archive to dress over a hundred performers for every show.

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