Saturday, April 14, 2012

*MUNICH SPECIAL* VERDI: OTELLO (Bayerische Staatsoper, 11.04.2012)

Otello: Peter Seiffert, Krassimira Stoyanova


Giuseppe Verdi

Arrigo Boito

Musikalische Leitung Paolo Carignani   

Inszenierung Francesca Zambello   
Choreographie Alphonse Poulin   
Bühne und Kostüme Alison Chitty   
Licht Mimi Jordan Sherin   
Chor Sören Eckhoff   

Otello Johan Botha   
Jago Claudio Sgura   
Cassio Pavol Breslik   
Rodrigo Francesco Petrozzi   
Lodovico Diogenes Randes   
Montano Goran Jurić   
Desdemona Anja Harteros   
Emilia Okka von der Damerau   

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper 

Can't believe I did this. Runaway from Berlin, they said. Go to Munich, they said. Ha, so I did! My original plan was actually to watch Turandot (if you live in Munich and still got a chance to see it, then go! I know that the new production is awesome!!!!), but didn't make it. I watched Otello.
Yup, I bought the ticket from the "unofficials" in front of the door before the show (locals know what I'm talking about) and I got a standing seat for 13 Euro. The price is a lil'... unfair, original 10 Euro, but I'm just a dumb tourist, right? (...No!)

The atmosphere is crazy. The people in Munich definitely love their oper. I guess the mood will always be good around here and it will always be (damn) full too! My appreciation goes to the 60/70-year-old-man who stood on the "fence" (or whatever it is) next to me, so he could watch. Yes, my place is on the highest floor, on the back. Hard to see, of course. Standing while watching, yup. Uncomfort, yes. Can't hear the voice, well, a little still, but meh...

So with all of these experience: I say - go book your ticket before going to watch operas in Munich! Or you will battle in blood to get one. Don't expect last-minute tickets. They're gone before you're near.

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello

So it's hardly to watch - and also to comment. All that I can hear is the cast did fantastic, the voice soars... I would be amazed, if only I sat on the first class or at least saw the stage better.
The set on the other hand, is quite simple and monotone. Yes, it's also quite complex but this opera also is not the one that needs a lot of "make up", right? 

Otello: Claudio Sgura, Pavol Breslik

Go watch it, er no, it's actually not playing anymore. Maybe next year... Maybe...

[No Rating of The Show, but I could rate my Standing Ticket:   -10/10 "very very bad"  ]

PROKOFJEW: Die Liebe Zu Drei Orangen (09.04.2012, Komische Oper Berlin)

Komische Oper Berlin, Die Liebe zu drei Orangen, Foto: Monika Rittershaus

Die Liebe zu drei Orangen

Oper in vier Akten und einem Prolog von Sergej S. Prokofjew 
Libretto vom Komponisten
Deutsche Übertragungvon Jürgen Beythien und Eberhard Sprink


I should go to Komische Oper more often...

Ok, this production is very interesting... The show that I watched that night is very-very family friendly. I'm not quite sure, if that's supposed to be so, Easter holiday and stuff but... whatever....

Musically there's not so much WOW that night. Cast were saved by the laugh and fun ride of the opera itself. Wicked characters, simple comedy, oh the magic of opera! Oh and the wardrobe! A bit like Alice in Wonderland - of course - always so in the stories involving prince and princess love thing. 

The choir did a very good job. I personally think that, so far from all the plays that I've watched in Berlin, this is the first time I saw the choir played a big part in the opera. 

Salute to Prokofjew! One comment more: Pure joy while watching! Feast to the eye! 

Did I mention the interior of Komische Oper is simply fantastic? IT IS!!

Rating: 8/10

POLNISCHE PATEN (Konzerthaus Berlin, 02.03.2012)

Wow, I can't believe my last post is in February - sorry been very busy lately. Anyway - do the catch-up! So beginning of March I went into a concert in Konzerthaus. No official title, but it has the name "Polnische Paten" on the website. 

Polnische Paten

Konzerthausorchester Berlin 
Mario Venzago 
Agata Szymczewska Violine

Carl Maria von Weber Ouvertüre zur Oper "Der Freischütz"
Sergej Prokofjew Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 1 D-Dur op. 19
Ludwig van Beethoven Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 ("Eroica")

Yup, yup. Mario Venzago was quite a strong reason to come. Even though I haven't heard anything 'bout the violinist - whatever - I go.
The concert went actually well. Mainly because of the repertoire. They're very very good, that I almost say "perfect". The highlight is definitely Beethoven's Eroica. Strange tough, because actually only Prokofjew's Violin Concert that's supposed to be the center. See the title "polnisch"... "Poland"... and a violinist from Poland! Man! 

Yes, I said the concert went very good. But due to the stuff above, it was also very strange. At the end of the day, even though I felt that these pieces don't match each other (to be put in a concert), the sounded very good simultaneously... Strange...

Ms. Szymczewska, in my opinion, played good - although not superb. 
On the other hand, because I sit behind the orchestra, Mario Venzago, the conductor, really became "my" center of attention (if not the whole audience's). Very energetic, lively...

He did put a lot of effort into it. Salute!

One more problem: the house that night wasn't really packed out. There was another "interesting" show on the Staatsoper, so you know where the whole city went to. Not on my side...
Damn, I hate it when the audience is on the low!

Anyway, a good repertoire and Venzago...

Rating: 7/10

Bonus: das Programmheft!