Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Creative Idea Becomes Reality

Set load-in and construction has begun on the Brown Stage of the Wortham Center for the world-premiere of Andre Previn's second opera - Brief Encounter. Seven months ago the staff of Houston Grand Opera sat anxiously in a rehearsal room at the Wortham waiting for the visual presentation of what Brief Encounter would look like. Costume and set designer Bunny Christie unveiled a beautiful scale model (pictures below) of her idea and the wheels were set in motion.

The actual sets were then constructed in Chicago and shipped to Houston. Opera sets have to be created in such a way that they can be broken down into smaller pieces to make shipping easier when other companies rent the production and for ease of storage. The set "pieces" took two days to assemble. (Construction photos are below)

Huge fantastic sets are just one of the things that make grand opera...grand!

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