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Stage Professionnals

Artistic Director: the person who makes artistic decisions, plans the season’s programme, and hires singers.

  • Conductor or Music director
    The role of the conductor is to coordinate all the musicians involved in an opera: the orchestral players in the orchestra pit, the singers on the stage, and the chorus. The conductor is responsible for defining the musical approach for the production as a whole, and works closely with the Director. During performances, the conductor silently gives cues, by hand or using the baton, to the musicians and singers. The courtesy title of Maestro is sometimes used for the conductor.

  • Director: The director supervises the visual aspect of a production and directs the movements and gestures of the soloists and chorus. He or she defines the underlying approach and visual rhythm of the performance. The director is responsible for highlighting each role by coaching the singers to perform the actions that illustrate each character.

  • Production director: The production director ensures the connection between the artistic and technical sides of the production, and supervises the technical staff during rehearsals and performances

  • Technical director: The technical director coordinates the technicians and staff responsible for sound equipment, lighting, scenery and costumers.

  • Stage manager: The stage manager coordinates each performance, especially all the visual elements from the curtain raising to the final bows by the cast. (see Control Room below)

  • Set designer: Plans and supervises the construction of scenery (sets) for each act in the opera.

  • Lighting designer: Plans and creates the colour, intensity and timing of the lighting for each scene.

  • Costume designer: Designs the costumers and supervises their creation.

  • Projected titles designer: Translates the libretto that is projected as surtitles to help the audience follow the plot when the opera is sung in a foreign language.

  • Dresser: Helps singers put on their costumers correctly and ensures that costumes for all the performers are prepared and ready to wear.

  • Make-up designers and wigmakers: Design hairstyles and makeup for the singers.

  • Prop designers: Locate or manufacture all the props used on stage in addition to scenery and costume (utensils, books, bags, etc.)

  • Choreographer: Creates dance movements and coaches the performers.

  • Stage technicians: Install and remove scenery between scenes.

  • Electricians: Install lighting and all the electrical elements needed in a production.

  • Special effects technicians: Supervise special effects.

  • Projectionists: Project surtitles (a translation of the libretto) onto a screen above the stage.

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