Friday, 26 October 2018

Theater Basel | Lucia di Lammermoor

At the Theater basel Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti is produced by Olivier Py, who stages this love story in his very own way.
It is the tragic story of Lucia, who has killed her husband on her wedding night after being forced into this wedding, even though she loves another man, Edgardo. He is her brothers deadly enemy, which is why Lucias brother does everything in his power to manipulate their love story and finally succeeds. But what seems to be a success for him turns out to be a tragedy for everybody involved.
The music is beautiful and very touching and the singers are incredible, the aria in the mad scene is overwhelming.
We really like the stage setting and the little details, like how Lucias room narrows when her brother is around, and how it opens up, when her lover Edgardo arrives, it seems just as everything is possible when they are together.
Also there are a lot of shadowplays, which create a very special and sometimes intimidating atmosphere.
Towards the end when it gets more dramatic, the stage setting gets darker and more impressive too and even though we have seen this opera beofre, this is our favourite production of Lucia di Lammermoor.

musical direction: Giuseppe La Malfa
production: Olivier Py
stage and costume: Pierre-André Weitz
light: Bertrand Killy
choir: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Juliane Luster

Ernesto Petti as LORD ENRICO ASHTON
Rosa Feola / Svetlana Moskalenko as LUCIA ASHTON
Fabián Lara as SIR EDGARDO DI RAVENSWOOD
Hyunjai Marco Lee as LORD ARTURO BUCKLAW
Tassos Apostolou as RAIMONDO BIDEBENT
Ena Pongrac as ALISA
Karl-Hezin Brandt as NORMANNO

dancers: Jonas Furrer, Giuliano Guerrini, Lukas Hofmann, Mirjam Karvat, Ivan Yaher
choir: choir of the Theater Basel
symphony Orchestra Basel

© picture: Sandra Then

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

VIVID - grand show

VIVID a celebration of life, is the new show at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin.
At the beginning of the show, the little girl R'eye gets separated from her dad and transformed to a android, from now on being non-autonomous but still longing for freedom and trying to break out.
When she finally does, she discovers life completely new and sees beauty in things that we tend to overlook in our day to day lives.
She stands for all of us and that from time to time in life we have to ask ourselves whether we are truly happy with who we are and what we are doing, and if not, make some changes.
Her way towards finding her (new) identity (ID) leads her - amongst many other places - to a guru who shows her beautiful spectacles of colour, through the jungle with all its plants and animals, to a crazy funhouse where there are no rules and to the dangerous danger boys where she looks into the depths of her own soul and risks being hurt. In the end she finally finds back to her father, back to the roots, but transformed and ready to start life as her new and evolved self - with her new identity.
For the first time in the history of the Friedrichstadt-Palast a woman (Krista Monson, Las Vegas) is author and director. Philip Treacy, the famous hatmaker is the design director and created all the headdresses. Costume designer is Stefano Canulli. These three (with the whole team) have put together an absolutely magical show, and we where overwhelmed by the amount of impressions VIVID gave us. There are beautiful colours, wonderful music and singers and fantastic artists who captivated us from the first to the last second.
VIVID truly is a declaration of love to life in all its colours.
VIVID premiered on October 11th 2018 and is planned to play for at least 12 months.

© picture: Jan Wünsche