Upstage / Downstage – Dancers & Actors

Last month we introduced you to some of the unsung heroes behind the scenes of an opera production. This month, we’re going to expose some of our more visually exciting LOSA members: dancers and actors; and those who help prepare them for their contribution to the drama: choreographers and fight directors.

Il Trovatore, by Giuseppe Verdi
LOSA Artists Participating in Lyric Opera’s 2016 production of Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’

Opera is one of those art forms that is a feast for the ears and eyes. The eye feast becomes a smorgasbord when LOSA members- dancers and actors- are onstage! The production team will include a choreographer when dancers are needed and sometimes a fight director is hired when actors are needed. Let’s face it, opera is full of intense emotions, including anger which can lead to violence. In order to make that violence appear real, yet, at the same time, safe for the performers, a fight director is employed. A classic grand opera which involves stage combat can be seen in the upcoming  2018/19 season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. You will see actors and choristers involved in stage combat in Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

If you want to see a few of our LOSA actors doing some stage combat moves, clink on this link: https://www.facebook.com/jon.beal.161/videos/4212579791491/

Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), by Georges Bizet
LOSA Dancers featured in this year’s Lyric Opera of Chicago production of “The Pearl Fishers”.

The most beautiful and graceful LOSA members are the dancers. Lyric has a long and wonderful history of hiring the most talented dancers and choreographers, including Maria Tallchief and George Balanchine in the 1977 production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. One of the more recent productions that included ballet dancers was Bizet’s Les Pecheurs de Perles.

It is always a special treat when these talented actors and dancers share their unique gifts.