Tuesday, June 28, 2005
This is one of my three costumes for Turandot, and by far the most beautiful. I'm wearing a skin-colored bodysuit underneath, so once it's onstage with the lights, the effect is quite sensual. I am one of the courtesans (corpi flessousi, or "willowy bodies") offered to Calaf in hopes of getting him to tell us his name. Amazing costume! The 8-inch platform shoes were cut tonight, replaced with embroidered slippers. We are now able to move much more sensuously, as we aren't as worried about falling over!
The whole opera really came together tonight. We had a small audience, so that extra element was in play. As one of my castmates said, once there's an audience, we all care a bit more. It's not just another run-through, it's a performance. For better or worse, he's right.
Very tired now. Off to bed! Five hours of rehearsal tomorrow afternoon, and a Girls' Night with the other lady apprentices while the men have another Barber of Seville dress rehearsal. Fun times!