One of the perks of being an understudy is getting to watch the whole rehearsal process. Tonight I watched the third orchestra dress rehearsal of il Trovatore. This was the first time that the show was run top to bottom with orchestra and full staging, but no public audience. There’s something special about a theater full of empty seats, just artists, crew and people close to the production. You can sit wherever you want, get the best view and best sound and its great to watch the piece you’ve been working on for the last month finally get on its feet.

This show has just further enhanced my love of Verdi, both to listen to and to sing. I was hooked from my first listening of the opening scene and thrilled to learn that I would be covering the role of Ferrando, sung by Dmitri Belosselsky. This assignment, maybe more than any other so far has really helped to move me in a new exciting direction.