Last week I shot the dress rehearsal for the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Peter Grimes, an opera by Benjamin Britten. This was an interesting one to shoot, as the set was essentially a three wall configuration  – a large room, somewhat like a gymnasium, with a stage at one end, and three double doors along each side. While it wasn’t doable I thought it might have been interesting to shoot sidelong through those doors, particularly during the first act, to get the full feeling of a closed room . It was interesting, though, from a number of angles, and somewhat challenging at times, because performers were spread throughout the entire set, and lighting that varied quite a bit.

Another more critical challenge was the absence of the lead performer, Ben Heppner, due to a vocal inflammation. His replacement for this and the opening night performance was Anthony Dean Griffey. Although Mr. Griffey’s performance was terrific, photos including him weren’t likely to  be all that useful for promotional purposes. From my perspective, though, they do work in capturing the emotional impact of the performances in a great opera, and so here are my selections…

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