A Greek tragedy, semi-staged and sung in Latin...

We are in a true "dress" rehersal for the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus (and soloists and dancers!) performance of Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Oedipus Rex. Unlike typical SF Symphony performances, this one is semi-staged. Everyone in the chorus wears a mask for the Oedipus performance (and a lucky few of us get to wear a second mask, which comes out at a strategic moment...). Yesterday they gave us more wardrobe - a red glove which makes an appearance at a pivotal moment.

We have a stage within a stage, on stage with us. It causes some challenges for some of the chorus. But with strategically located monitors showing us the maestro on camera, we can at least see when we are to come in (even if the audience may not be able to see us).

The Symphnony is doing a few new things this year. In addition to a semi-staged performance, they've also started their "6.5" series on a few Friday nights (concert starts at 6:30, with a live accompanied lecture about the subject). The Nightingale and Oedipus Rex will be performed tomorrow night Thursday December 8th, through Saturday December 10th.

Well, time to head back to rehersal...

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