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Der fliegende Holländer at Southbank

When you book concert tickets for a new season way in advance, the trick not to waste your tickets (i.e. to make sure you shift your ass no matter what) is to book the most expensive seat at rare events and pay from your own pocket.

It worked for me last night.

Exhausted, buggy, still lots to do in the flat, the last thing I wanted was to go to an opera, and it was Wagner to make it worse.

I was totally ready to give up on it at four thirty in the afternoon and checked my ticket to see how much I paid for it. It was after all an opera 'concert' without the stage set or costumes, so it couldn't have been that expensive.

The ticket indifferently but clearly indicated that a year ago I was so excited about the prospect of seeing Bryn Terfel performing right in front of me that I didn't mind shedding a hefty sum of ninety-six pounds out of my own pocket for the night. Right. I must go. After all this was my very first experience to be able to walk to such a concert from home, which was part of the reason why we moved in the first place.

How was the opera?

Absolutely mind blowing from the start till the end. The orchestra was pretty good and the conducting really beautiful if not a tad less punchy (I personally liked the understated drama from the orchestra as I felt it gave more space to actors to express the drama from their side).

Terfel's tequniques were artful and top-notch. He didn't need a set or a costume on the stage as he could show us all any way through his performance. It was magical.

Kampe's Senta was dramatic and convincing and Salminen's bass sturdy and fruid spiced with his brilliant comical acting.

I didn't buy a programme so I don't know the name of the person who played Erik but his acting was heart-felt and very good, too.

The opera ended with 20 min over-run and with a slight regret on the very satisfied audience side not being able to express their admiration long enough by continuing with stading ovation so as not to miss their trains.

We were fully entertained all through the evening.

Der fliegende Holländer
Zurich Opera Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu - conductor
Bryn Terfel - The Dutchman
Anja Kampe - Senta
Matti Salminen - Daland
Zurich Opera Chorus
by uk_alien | 2012-12-16 09:49 | music

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