IT WAS MY first time to watch opera, it is Partenope. i was quite inspiring.
the stage design is simple, but definitely effective, i would say clever designing.
the first chapter is just a simple table and a stair. when the actors and actresses moved around, something amazing happened: the shadows and the characters created dramatic EFFECTS, the exaggerated shadows magnified the actors and actresses facial expressions and gesture. also, the light and shadow separate the simple stage into differing parts, it reminded me of the Japanese comic i read (one piece )，as well as some mulpti-screen animations. when one actor is singing under the light, some other actors and actresses stand still in the shadow, i think this is the difference between films and opera.
on the following chapter, i guess maybe the stuff turned the first setting around and get the new setting, it is a cleaver idea, saving time and money. and then some moving images was projected on the wall, giving us unease feeling. i like the shadows of the characters projected on the windows. it showed me that something was happening beyond the principle character’s eyes.
i was exposed to all kinds of stimulus last night, these stimulus including lights, shadows, and performance were controlled so that audiences can focus on one stimulus on one time.
i think the use of light for shot changing is a brilliant idea, when one actor took pictures for the heroine, all of the other lights were off and only the camera light was on, focusing us to the heroine.
all in all, it was quite educational to me.