Stage Interview with Trista Moldovan with Andrew Lloyd Webber's of The Phatom of The Opera

January 23, 2019

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

IN A SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION BY

CAMERON MACKINTOSH

 

By: Diana Brang-Scott

 

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, is coming to the Detroit Opera House January 24- February 3, 2019 as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” - music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is the longest-running show in Broadway history, it opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York on January 26, 1988 and is the first and only Broadway show ever to celebrate a milestone 25 years (which it did in January 2013). It will now be celebrating 31 years on January 26, 2019.  Since its debut, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has grossed over $1.1 billion on Broadway and its attendance is now over 18 million people. The show has won more than 70 major theater awards, including seven 1988 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and three Olivier Awards in the West End. 

 

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

 

I recently spoke with Trista Moldovan who is playing the role of Carlotta Giudicelli. Carlotta is the Diva of the Paris Opera House and the Phantom is trying to elbow her into the wings so his protégé’ Christine gets into the spotlight.

 

I asked Trista what she did to prepare for this role, she said “I was already very familiar with the show because I played Christine on Broadway and on the original touring THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. I really like how Carlotta was written for this production, she’s more relatable and human, she worked very hard to get where she is. It’s a fantastic role, I get to have some comedic moments and I get to sing some great songs. Her voice is more of an operatic quality, so I started working with an opera coach before rehearsals even started.” Trista went on to say laughing, “I know this may sound silly, but I also started weight training as I was singing the score. I would carry around a heavy Kettle Bell as I rehearsed the songs. I knew the costumes are very substantial, so I had to work to get my stamina up to sing wearing a tight corset and a heavy costume.”

In this production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA there are over 1,200 costume pieces used during the show. I asked Trista which character had the best costumes? She said, “Carlotta’s costumes are the best, she’s the Diva so hers all have those extra flourishes that are just unbelievable. The show incorporates most of the Maria Björnson designs from the original production, so all the costumes are amazing, and the integrity in which they are maintained is just unbelievable.”

I asked Trista what makes this production different from the original? She said, “This is the spectacular new version of the PHANTOM. It has different direction, different sets but still contains the music that everyone knows and loves, and still the story that we all know and love, but it is seen though new eyes. It really utilizes technology. Technology has advanced so much since The PHANTOM opened over 30 years ago. The main scenic wall weighs 10 tons and rotates around the stage and the Chandelier scene will make your heart stop!”

 

Come out and see Trista and the entire incredible cast of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA appearing January 24 – February 3, 2019 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway, in Detroit.

Tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA start at $35 and can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices. For group sales (12 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call 313-871-1132. Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. 

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