by Mike Telin
“Severance Hall is going to be turned into a picturesque landscape of nature,” said Julie Kim, director of operations for The Cleveland Orchestra, during a telephone conversation. The outdoors will be brought inside when Franz Welser-Möst leads a cast of internationally-renowned singers in a new production of Richard Strauss’s one-act opera, Daphne, on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 pm.
In part one of this article, Emily MacDonald, who along with her husband, Cameron Jaye Mock, created the scenic, lighting, and projection design for the production, talked about the process they used in making stage director James Darrah’s vision for the opera sets a reality. In part two of this article, Julie Kim describes the role her department played in bringing the design team’s vision to reality.
Kim said that everything started with Darrah’s vision for bringing outdoors inside. “His creative team of set, lighting and projection designers would send us drawings, models and renderings to give us an idea of exactly what it is that they wanted us to build. At first it was all about engaging everyone who would need to be involved in order to build the production — finding the lighting people, the vendors, the painters, the hair and wig stylists, the make-up artists, a props manager, and someone to do the stage management.” [Read More…]