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OC Tales—Mike Griebl Scenic Supervisor

Mike Griebl, Scenic Supervisor for New Orleans Opera’s Rigoletto units

By: Angelica DiIorio

Neither snow nor rain nor warmth has stored Scenic Supervisor Mike Griebl from making certain the units of Rigoletto are prepared for opening night time. In a profession spanning greater than twenty years, Mr. Griebl has supervised the development and strike of those Rigoletto units over thirty instances. His work has taken him to completely different cities, and he has been by many adventures alongside the best way.

Take a look at Mike’s work on stage on the Ellie Caulkins Opera Home. Tickets to Rigoletto begin at $39>>


Mr. Griebl first labored on this Rigoletto set in February of 1995 within the freezing chilly of Regina, Saskatchewan. Later, New Orleans Opera bought the units, and Mr. Griebl was invited to oversee their development and deconstruction. One mission changed into one other and, finally, Mr. Griebl was despatched to each opera home that rented the units, supervising their unloading and reloading. He feedback, “It’s one thing I by no means counted on doing. I figured I’d set it up a few instances, nevertheless it has not gone that route…I do know every bit of the set. It’s like my very own. I’ve achieved it so usually, and it’s been enjoyable.” It is vitally uncommon for a scenic supervisor to stick with the identical units for fairly so long as Mr. Griebl. Often, units might be managed by somebody on the opera home the place they’re being rented versus bringing in a specialist. Nonetheless, Mr. Griebl is the exception. He has data about these units and tales related to them unmatched by others in an analogous place.


As the primary supervisor of the Rigoletto units, Mr. Griebl has seen a number of triumphs and challenges of their lifespan. Though the units have been housed in Louisiana in the summertime of 2005, they survived Hurricane Katrina and, shortly thereafter, appeared in a manufacturing with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. Moreover, the units have been being shipped again to New Orleans from Santo Domingo once they obtained caught in one other hurricane. Two pure disasters later and these Rigoletto units are nonetheless resilient!

Mr. Griebl himself has proven an unimaginable quantity of resiliency. He ensured the protection of set items by every little thing from rain to excessive warmth. He even navigated a language barrier as an English speaker with a Spanish-speaking crew in Santo Domingo. Over time, new applied sciences have additionally made placing up the units just a little simpler. Mr. Griebl explains, the Rigoletto set can attain a top of virtually twenty-three ft and, for the longest time, the crew’s solely instruments have been ladders. Motors have made this setup course of simpler to hold and transfer items into place, nevertheless it nonetheless takes about twelve hours to finish.


The Rigoletto units and Mr. Griebl have definitely been by so much collectively over time. It’s truthful to say Mr. Griebl has an intimate data of every piece. When it comes to what makes this set particular, he shares, “Once you first take a look at [the sets], the wooden appears beat up and previous. The minute you place mild on it, it has a haunting high quality. It’s a dimly lit present, however as soon as it will get beneath mild, individuals are amazed at what this factor appears like. Units aren’t constructed like this anymore. Many units now are very sterile, however this one has a variety of character.”

We thank Mr. Griebl for coming to Colorado to proceed his work because the caretaker of those Rigoletto units. We hope you benefit from the second the curtain rises and you may see this unimaginable set within the mild!

See the units of Rigoletto for your self this November 5-13 on the Ellie Caulkins Opera Home. Tickets begin at simply $39>>



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