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Understudies play key role for the local opera company

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Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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SOPRANO SUZANNE RIGDEN, center, delivered an inspired performance of her character Elvira in the Op-­ era Company of Middlebury’s cover performance last Friday, along with two of the ensemble cast. Photo by Max Kraus

MIDDLEBURY — Imagine watching weeks of rehearsals of an opera, memorizing three hours’ worth of music backstage, and learning blocking by watching others perform — all for the chance of performing a leading role.

Now imagine being thrust onto the stage after just two nights of rehearsal with the entire cast.

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