SV Creates 2018 LAG Application - Media Samples Page

Photo 1

Work: Fidelio (Feb 2018)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Photo by:  Otak Jump

Credits: L-R, Brent Turner (Florestan), Ben Brady (Rocco), Meredith Mecum (Leonore). Mtro. Moscovich conducting the West Bay Opera Orchestra - Final orchestra dress rehearsal.  Stave Direction: Ragnar Conde

Set Design: Peter Crompton.  Costume Design: Callie Floor, Lighting Design: Steven Mannshardt, Makeup Design: Lisa Cross; Props Design: Shirley Benson. Projections Design: Frederic Boulay.

About the photo:  Second act, secret dungeon scene. Rocco and Leonora discuss Florestan's doom.  Note the two-level scaffold on the center right of the picture. There were scaffolds on both sides of the stage, for all wind and percussion musicians. Only the strings are in the pit.  Stage sets are designed to optimize sightlines between the orchstra and the conductor. The presence of musicians onstage adds a contemporary twist to the feel of the staging (like seeing the cameramen in the TV studio), while actually highlighting the focus on the drama on center stage. The audience becomes visually aware of how the work of the orchestra enhances the power of what is being presented onstage.

 

 

Photo 2

Work: Fidelio (Feb 2018)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Photo by:  Otak Jump

Credits: West Bay Opera men's chorus - Final orchestra dress rehearsal.

About the photo:  First act - Politcal prisoners are allowed to come out to the prison yard to enjoy the sunlight after a long lockdown period.  Sets for the contemporary US, for-profit prison include heavy concrete pillars, an iron gate with barbed wire, and a high-definition projected background of prison cell catwalks, to lend depth. Lighting and special texturing of the material of the pillars is used to add to the realistic, though stylized look of the scene.

 

 

Photo 3

Work: Fidelio (Feb 2018)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Photo by:  WBO

Credits: Serina Serjama, set paint artist;  David Gardner, technical director

About the photo:  The pillars for Fidelio's prison are made of plywood, which is primed and then treated with a mix of glue and sawdust, then spray-painted to simulate the weathered, spalling concrete of the prison.  It is a highly realistic, textured finish that will catch the light very effectively, creating shadows, and it will add to the atmosphere of the staging.

 

 

Photo 4

Work: Norma (Oct 2017)

Composer: Vincezo Bellini

Photo by:  Otak Jump

Credits: Veronica Jensen as Adalgisa - First act - Final orchestra dress rehearsal.

About the photo:  Set in the original period, during the Roman occupation of Gaul, the staging emphasizes the rustic surroundings that constituted the Druids' original territory in today's northern France.  The oak tree, a central symbol of Druid religion,  flies in as part of the set. The moon is part of the projections design, and it rises as the act wears on, adding to the atmosphere, and providing continuity into the next scene.

Set design: Peter Crompton.  Lighting Design: Sean Kramer.  Costume Design: Abra Berman.  Makeup design: Lisa Cross

Stage Director: Igor Vieira;  Conductor: José Luis Moscovich

 

Photo 5

Work: Salome (May 2017)

Composer: Richard Strauss

Photo by:  Otak Jump

Credits: David Gustafson as King Herod (in blond wig and red cape); the five Jews (Lazo Mihajlovich, Jackson Beaman, James Callon, Carmello Tringali, Michael Mendelsohn); Michelle Rice as queen Herodias (seated) and Heather Green (on the floor) as Salome - Final orchestra dress rehearsal.

About the photo:  Set in a dystopian future after a nuclear apocalypse, Herod's palace is in a bombed out nuclear silo.  The production highlighted the dangers of corrupt power (a leit-motiv of the original score).  Note the musicians on the right. This was the first time that WBO used the scaffolds in the winds of the stage, to expand the capacity of the pit and enable a production with a larger orchestra, to respond to the demands of the Straus score.

Set design: Peter Crompton.  Lighting Design: Sean Kramer.  Costume Design: Abra Berman.  Makeup design: Lisa Cross

Stage Director: Igor Vieira;  Conductor: José Luis Moscovich

 

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