Verdi's Requiem by jyokota

Verdi's Requiem

What an unexpected and powerful experience this was! I didn't know quite what to expect in an opera that was written as a Catholic funeral mass. In addition to amazing singing, the costuming was attention-grabbing and the staging was intriguing. The stage was built high, with the chorus on the lower part of the stage, not visible during the performance because of a black screen, somewhat like what used to be stretched on the front of speakers. The singers and pantomimes moved steadily from left to right in slow but rhythmic pacing. The video link below will give a better sense of what I am trying to explain, but because you can't photograph except at the very end, what you see here is the conductor and the performers before a very enthusiastically applauding audience. (Note: I was very happy that the entire audience let the last note linger, fade, and silence take over before starting their applause.)

I didn't straighten the photo because you would lose most of the choir . . . I really have to learn to hold my camera straighter! (I was sitting in a side seat, nearly hanging over the stage, as you can tell.) I used my 50mm 1.4 lens for much better quality than previous attempts at photographing the stage, and sacrificing being able to capture more staging and the entire cast was worth the improvement in photographic clarity. (The cast that was cut off would probably disagree.) Enlarged, you will see how clear the faces are compared to previous attempts. I wonder if the bright white stage helped with light?

For a brief video clip and a synopsis:
Wow, that is a clear shot! I love the one woman with white face looking back and up at the stage. Awesome.
May 7th, 2013  
Well done to capture this. Sounds as if it was a memorable occasion.
May 7th, 2013  
Exellent shot, and a great requiem
May 7th, 2013  
Well done! Great clarity in difficult conditions. Sounds like a wonderful concert.
May 7th, 2013  
They say that silence before applause is a strong signal of audience delight!
May 7th, 2013  
A great capture! I love the way you caught so much of the event: stage/singers/orchestra/costumes.
May 8th, 2013  
I like how it looks like those on the stage might slip into the below-stage area - I get a feeling of a relatively strong slope.
May 9th, 2013  
That is some amazing costuming! Nicely captured!
May 11th, 2013  
wow - that looks spectacular!
May 13th, 2013  
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