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How many wigs? Fun facts from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Anna Yun as Suzuki, Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly and Jayden Lai as Sorrow. Photo by James Morgan.

Anna Yun as Suzuki, Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly and Jayden Lai as Sorrow. Photo by James Morgan.

17 opera stars

5 covers in case a principal artist takes ill

3 children to alternate in the role of Sorrow

24 Chorus singers

16 extras/actors

Anna Dodgshun of orchestral management wheels a harp across the bridge and under the stage.

Anna Dodgshun of orchestral management wheels a harp across the bridge and under the stage.

50 musicians in the Orchestra Pit

200 hours of rehearsal

1,200 hours to build the stage

1,920 hours to make the costumes

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24 wigs for the singers

35 radio microphones

55 in-ear monitors for the conductor and principal musicians

84 speakers to carry the music into the open night air

558 lights

820 glasses of champagne served each night

astroturf

1,279 square metres of astroturf

1 orb master to row out to the rising sun each night

2 lifeguards on duty every night

2 Responses to “How many wigs? Fun facts from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour”

  1. Michael Barnes

    ….and, as I finalise attending for the third time this season, introducing more and more people each time (7 for Wednesday, all newbies to Opera on the Harbour, and 4 of them opera-virgins), I thank you all for the hard work in making this great event happen.

    Do I do Sunday night as well to say ‘Sayonara’?

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