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Insights from a leading lady: Emma Matthews blogs the Rigoletto rehearsals II

We asked Emma Matthews to share her thoughts from the rehearsal room after today’s first dress rehearsal of Rigoletto.

“Today we have a double Piano Dress rehearsal (where the cast rehearse in full costume on the full set for the first time, accompanied by a piano). The stage mechs have set up the incredible set, and triple-checked everything. Such a great group of hard workers!

Here are some of them before the morning call had started:

John, Todd, Ryan, Dan, Chris and Simon work behind the scenes, setting up the big sets of Rigoletto.

John, Todd, Ryan, Dan, Chris and Simon work behind the scenes, setting up the big sets of Rigoletto. Photo by Emma Matthews.


This morning we did Act 1 … I loved every second. I conquered my top E, three times! So exhilarating! The Men’s Chorus sound fabulous – we’re lucky to have such a supportive great ensemble. There are actor ladies in this show and they are going to knock your socks off – such stunning girls!

Lock up your husbands:

Emma Matthews (blue) with the lovely ladies: Teagan, Shalane, Suzy, Ela and Dorothia.

Emma Matthews (blue) with the lovely ladies: Teagan, Shalane, Suzy, Ela and Dorothia.

This is a stunning production, very dark and broody.


 

Gianluca Terranova is now singing with the men’s chorus. They’re telling him they have a surprise for him (Horrible men!) … and I’m in his room waiting for him.

Off to be seduced and killed now … What a life!

Em xx


Emma Matthews will be sharing her thoughts from the Rigoletto rehearsals and first few performances over the next few weeks.

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