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Posted14 Aug 2023

Building Festival O23: Photos from the Scene Shop

By Opera Philadelphia

As the countdown to Festival O23 begins, the productions are already coming to life at Opera Philadelphia’s scene shop. 

Shop crew have been hard at work building the set for 10 Days in a Madhouse, which portrays the confounding labyrinth that was Blackwell’s Asylum. Designed by Andrew Lieberman, the 12-foot-tall cylinder bears a weighty presence down on performers as they roam through the tunnels underneath the cylinder.

Set pieces for Simon Boccanegra have also arrived in the shop, ready to be assembled on stage. 

See these gorgeous sets in action at the Festival from September 21 to October 1.

Paul Lodes (L) and Michael Troncone (R) attaching a wall panel to the set of 10 Days in a Madhouse. Credit: April Zhang
A view from inside the cylinder of 10 Days in a Madhouse. Credit: Shannon Eblen
Keith Hockins (Lead scenic artist) applying texture to a wall panel. Credit: Shannon Eblen
Michael Troncone (L) and Paul Lodes (R) assembling wall panels. Credit: Shannon Eblen
Jay Wojnarowski (L) and Michael Troncone (R) attaching interior wall panels to the set. Credit: Shannon Eblen
Michael Troncone cutting steel. Credit: Shannon Eblen
Steel support beams underneath the cylinder. Credit: Shannon Eblen
Sculptures for Simon Boccanegra ready for transport. Credit: April Zhang
A close-up of textured pedestals in Simon Boccanegra. Credit: April Zhang
The back of a relief sculpture in Simon Boccanegra. Credit: Shannon Eblen
A peek at the sculpture in the previous image. Credit: April Zhang
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