It all took place in the 'Freedom Tent' in Cannonhill Park in Birmingham and was quite an experience! The audience were guided and moved around by opera members during the performance, making us feel that we, too, were part of the action and, very fortunately, we were almost always near Ed, partly out of sheer luck and partly by design!
Ed's first guise - as a revolutionary.
I was especially pleased to be very close to Ed during his solo - he had told me roughly the pattern of where he would be placed for his solo part as 'Golitsyn's messenger' and then, asked by Juls, one of the company kindly told me exactly where Ed would be, so I was right by the platform Ed was on at this time! His voice rang out so well - he was ever so good!
As 'Golitsyn's messenger''.
A couple of shots of Ed in his policeman's role.
This is Ed in the final scene of the opera - a rather terrifying one in which lots of the characters - the 'believers' and this included Ed - committed mass suicide. To show this, the cast actually put plastic bags over their heads - a risky business, being an opera singer!
I'll look forward to seeing more of Ed in opera and more of Birmingham Opera Company's fascinating productions!