10PM, and I just returned home from the Metropolitan Opera’s rebroadcast production of La Boheme, a reprise of the Saturday (4/6) performance made famous when the soprano,Kristine Opolais, who sang the role of Mimi had finished playing the title role in Madame Butterfly the night before.
One of the most interesting things about these opera rebroadcasts is that the cameras keep rolling backstage during the intermissions. The audience can watch the sets, scrim, and even the snowfall being prepared just before the show goes on.
These minutes watching the set crew and actors wander backstage is a literal peek behind the curtain, and it is a very low tech peek. So low tech, in fact, that the stage manager admitted that the snowfall during Act IV on Zefferelli’s moonlit set is generated by paper confetti in a bag with small slits. Making snow means a stage hand, “rubs the bag so the paper snow falls out.”
Ah! The magic of theatre.