You may already know that San Antonio is home to a world-class opera company, OPERA San Antonio, now in its fourth season as a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. But do you know what it takes to produce a grand opera like Verdi’s Macbeth on the stage of the H-E-B Performance Hall? A village of singers, musicians, designers, and skilled workers, plus truckloads of sets, and costumes, assemble in San Antonio to make it happen.
The audience can easily see who is on stage, especially the principal singers and the 32 members of the chorus. But when you include everyone behind and below the stage, there are roughly 150 to 200 people involved in what is happening every night. In the orchestra pit, there are 56 orchestra members (including a concert master), plus a conductor and an assistant conductor. There are stage managers and theatre house managers, ushers, the box office, and more, all working together to create a positive, immersive experience for the opera patron. The process begins weeks, even months, and sometimes years before the curtain rises.