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Insights from a leading lady: the final dress rehearsal of Rigoletto

It’s the night after the General Dress Rehearsal.

We had an incredible double Stage Orchestral day, where we sang through the Opera two and a half times…and then last night’s amazing General. Exhausting, exhilarating fun.

An old worldy selfie during Saturday's Double Stage Orchestral.

An old worldy selfie during Saturday’s Double Stage Orchestral.

Last night it was wonderful to run the opera and realise where the ‘to fix’ bits were. I completely stuffed up my cadenza… But, it was a rehearsal… So that just means Opening Night is going to be awesome!

There have been a lot of emotions and worries backstage due to recent events, but the support and courage within the ranks has been strong… One of the things I love about working for Opera Australia, is that when times get tough.. We all pull together. I love my OA family very much.

We have an amazing cast of International and Australian singers in Rigoletto… You must be there to hear Giorgio Caoduro’s first Rigoletto. He really is amazing. I cry a lot in this show… And he makes me cry offstage too.. Waiting to come on in Act 2… I just need to listen to his ‘Cortigiani’… and the tears flow. His reading of the role is detailed and very moving.

Giorgio Caoduro backstage. Photo: Emma Matthews.

Giorgio Caoduro backstage. Photo: Emma Matthews.

On Saturday, I got to sing with Diego Torre, who comes into the show as the Duke mid season… Wow! What a voice. It was a thrill to sing with and to hear him. Gianluca Terranova was in fine form at the General. His suave charming manner perfect for the Duke… And you have to love the twinkle in his eye! :-)
Singing the role of Gilda has been a dream for a long time… This is my second production as Gilda and the third Australian production I’ve been a part of.
I was very fortunate to play the role of ‘the silent page’ in the 1990, John Copley, Perth season of the Australian Opera’s Rigoletto, with Bob Allman as Rigoletto. I met Stuart Maunder that season, the beginning of many adventures.

My next production of Rigoletto was as the Page/Secretary in the Elijah Moshinsky production… Now that’s a role you have to be brave to do! Over in a flash.. But it says a lot about where you are, and where you’re going!

Here is me in 1994 with the Australian Opera backstage.

Here is me in 1994 with the Australian Opera backstage.

Since then… Three wonderful seasons with John Bolton Wood, Michael Lewis, Warwick Fyfe and Alan Opie as Rigoletto. I have been a very blessed Soprano indeed.

Here I am as my first Gilda in 2004, With the Queensland Opera Company and Maestro Giovanni Reggioli backstage.

Here I am as my first Gilda in 2004, With the Queensland Opera Company and Maestro Giovanni Reggioli backstage.

Now to rest and get ready for Opening Night… I may do the big cadenza… I may not… But I promise I will give you my very best, and I will sing from my heart.
Goodnight from Gilda x


 

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

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