Walking into the Teatro Sociale in Amelia, Umbria is like walking into a box of fine chocolates, you know, the kind that are decorated all sweet and lovely. It’s a recently restored theatre built in 1783 by the architect Stefano Cansacchi and exquisitely decorated.
I was there to kick off Opera Extravaganza’s first event of 2016: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the Opera Buffa, La Dirindina. Opera Extravaganza is an incredibly talented cultural organization located iin Vetralla, Lazio Italy and headed by Susanna Ohtonen and Rudolph Hupperts. They dedicated themselves to organizing high level operas, concerts and courses. They’ve put together a wonderfully innovative project called “Adopt a Theatre”. Basically anyone in the world can sign up to adopt a theatre and by doing so can view via live streaming the productions that Opera Extravaganza organises during the year. Just think, you can watch a live opera production in the comfort of your own home wherever that may be.
I arrived at the theatre about 3 hours before the start of the concert in order to set up and start painting the background. What a treat to paint during the rehearsal, listening to Vivaldi. I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to paint during the Dirindina since it would only last about 40 minutes. I had to get as much painting down as possible beforehand. The rest would have to be done from photograph later in my studio.
Having spoken with Susanna about the painting, she explained to me that she wanted me to capture the joy and playfulness of the Dirindina with her big wig and heavy stage makeup. And this is exactly what I did! It was very important to paint the warmth and glow of the theatre lights that illuminate the theatre and also paint small details of the actors on stage.
I can’t wait to Live Paint my next venue!
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