Baritone comes clean: Wobbly pose in Opera Vivente's 'Poppea' was his idea
My review of Opera Vivente's recent production of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea contained a slap at the sight of baritone Ryan de Ryke assuming a silly, wobbly, FTD-florist sort of pose when he appeared as the god Mercury, an action that generated titters at an inappropriate moment in the drama. I blamed the director for the idea, since directors typically decide how cast members come and go onstage. Well, de Ryke has set the record straight in an emailed message:
Friend that he is to singers, director John Bowen clearly told me to keep both feet on the ground (literally and figuratively) in rehearsal, but on opening night, I thought I could manage what turned out to be a most unfortunate tableau-tremblant. The same pose with both feet on the ground and a reasonable sense of balance, surprisingly enough, produced no chortles at all from future audiences!
My apologies to John Bowen.