I have a full time job, I go to school part time, and I still found myself staying for the entire dress rehearsal of Aida last Thursday. Actually, I skipped class to attend the performance. A Business Law and Ethics's class. Oh, the irony.
Now the initial plan was to meet up with photographer Sebastian Furtado around 6pm, but since he drove from the West Island, and Montreal being Montreal, he got stuck in traffic. Luckily however, fashionista and opera aficionado Barbara Heath Lopez was also present backstage and we got to go on the stage of Salle Wilfred-Pelletier to take some selfies! #millenialsbelike
Now Sebastian finally arrives and he's got this huge lense that we rented to take amazing shots of the rehearsal! Like a super saiyan zoom or something. Worth, It. We are running around backstage, taking shots of the choristers, the soloists and the dancers, trying not to get spray tan on our clothes or tangled in the bunch of wigs that are literally everywhere. It sounds more messy than it was, but it certainly was crowded backstage. We got so caught up in the moment that it's past 7pm, and we're still backstage when the rehearsal started! Oups!
Here's how the story goes...
Aida is one of the most popular and most played opera of the entire repertoire. So getting familiar with the story is kinda important, if you wanna brag about going to the opera later. Scroll through the pictures below to follow Aida's story and just how unlucky she is! (If you're gonna share these pictures somewhere, please give credit to Sebastian Furtado.)
To me, the HIGHLIGHT of the evening was Amneris, interpreted by Olesya Petrova. I feel for the woman! She's in love with some guy, her father approves, they're gonna get married. But he loves someone else! #lovetriangle Of course she's mad! Plus Olesya is an amazing singer! She carries the emotion through and through, giving you shivers! It was her first time in Montreal, and I really hope she'll be back soon!
Also, SPECIAL MENTION to Gregory Dahl for never letting me down! I first saw him perform in Opera Lyra in Ottawa in 2011 (has it been that long??) as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. I've never looked back since!
Enjoy the picture carousel and check out some pictures of opening night below!
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