DSCN3121Under the clouded sky of November in Nantes, the eight Muses of the Opera are not afraid of the rain.

Behind the huge pillars of the temple on which they rise, singers, stage technicians and dressmakers are working on a show.

While Euterpe and Thalia are rehearsing on stage, in the workshop some dressmakers are making alterations on costumes for “La Périchole” by Offenbach, adapted for the 70's. Others are making 18th century costumes for “Lucio Silla”, an opera by Mozart.

During my placement in the theater of Nantes, I discovered new techniques used only in costume design. I have also visited the dressing rooms and prepared costumes for the artists with the dressers.

I also went to the roof of the opera, just near the Muses. Only one is missing – probably Urania, the Muse of Astronomy.

Of course, she has no part to play in a theater !