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The Beginner’s Guide to Opera Stage Management
Gathering the Tools You Need to Work in Opera

ISBN 9780367497927
Published November 30, 2022 by Routledge
224 Pages 21 Color & 172 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Beginner’s Guide to Opera Stage Management is the first book to cover theatrical stage management practices specifically for opera productions, providing an invaluable step-by-step guide.

Beginning with a brief history of opera and detailing its difference from musical theatre, the book covers stage management best practices through prep, rehearsals, tech, performance, and wrap up. From the moment a manager accepts a contract, right through to archiving paperwork, this essential toolkit covers each step of a stage manager’s journey. Working with a score, reading music, working with singers, conductors, and musicians, basic duties of a stage manager versus an assistant stage manager, and other tasks specific to opera are also included in this comprehensive guide. This book is full of tips and tricks, as well as the good, bad, and ugly stories from opera stage managers, sharing both their experiences and mistakes.

This is the perfect how-to book for the professional or emerging stage manager looking to work in opera, or to expand their existing stage management skillset.

Table of Contents

1. Opera Background  2. Document Design  3. Prep Week  4. Rehearsal  5. Rehearsal Paperwork  6. Tech Week  7. Performance  8. Archive

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Danielle Ranno has worked in opera for over a decade, both regionally and internationally. Credits include Lincoln Center, Seattle Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Columbus, On-Site Opera, International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, Lakes Area Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Opera Grand Rapids, Tri-Cities Opera, and The Castleton Festival. She also regularly works on Broadway plays and musicals, including the Tony Award winning play, The Lehman Trilogy, Six, and &Juliet. Danielle has a BA in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations from Florida Gulf Coast University and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in Stage Management. She is a proud member of The Actors Equity Association and American Guild of Musical Artists.