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Azusa Chapman Barber of Seville

October 7, 2010

Current Arts Administration and Master’s of Music student Azusa Chapman recently played 2nd chair, 2nd violin and served as the assistant orchestra manager for the concert orchestra for the IU Opera Theatre’s productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Gioachino Rossini.

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Azusa has this to say about her experience:
“Being a part of the Barber of Seville production this semester has been a lot of fun. It's always amazing being reminded of the talent that resides at IU.  For the first week of preparation, the orchestra works alone, to have an opportunity to learn the music before putting it together with the singers, and then during the second week the singers begin to attend our rehearsals.  No matter how many times I've played in the operas at IU, I'm always in awe of the voices and projection these students produce.  Being a part of such a powerful production is so rewarding, and always a lot of fun.  Fortunately, because of the way we are seated in the pit, I am near the edge and can see up onto the stage (although I'm probably not supposed to be watching...)  But it is so great to see the amazing sets that are produced, the beautiful costumes, and the great acting that comes along with the amazing voices.  It's a privilege to be a part of something so great.  And along with that, the experience of being in an opera pit is rewarding in our growth as players, because playing for an opera is very different from playing symphonies.  We are required to be very flexible and attentive, because the singers are who we accompany.  We can never be on auto pilot.  If a singer chooses to express themselves slightly differently each night, we as an ensemble must watch the conductor, and be sure to come into our entrances together.  It only takes one to make it sound messy and unprofessional.  No matter what opera production is being put on, it always requires a lot of time and effort to prepare for it, but in the end it is all worthwhile because it is so rewarding to be a part of a great production.”