~ Alcina: The Baroque Opera ~

Last night, I went to se the baroque opera Alcina with my mom and my beloved. The play takes place on enchantress and Queen Alcina's island, where she seduces men and turns them into animals! I really wanted to share some of the words from an interview with the director Francisco Negrin, so here you go:

"People want magic 

- What is it the people want to watch these days? It is series and movies such as, Lord of the Rings and Avatar - stories full of magic and adventure. People today obviously has a desire for stories beyond the political and social life. We want more of the spiritual, divine and sacred. But often when operas like Alcina i set up, the director removes these dimensions to make them more "modern". However, I wanted to keep them, for it is precisely by retaining these things that make the stories slide into the present. 

All the myths and fables, all the gods and kingdoms, refers to basic archetypes within us that allows us to talk about all the things we can and can't talk about in our everyday lives, says Negrin. At the same time, a piece like Alcina is about the general human - everything that each one of us is struggling with, he said."

I really fell for the description of the play - that it included both love, magic and animals, and I was even more intrigued by the photos and the promo video with the baroque music etc. Georg Friedrich Händel's opera premiered in London in 1735 and it is one of his most popular works, and I can understand why! I am grateful that the director wanted to keep the magic and wonder, and that the scenography had elements from nature, but they could have had some plants and greens ^^ There can always be more nature, more magic and more love!

- Have you been to the opera before? :)

It is not allowed to photograph during the play, so none of the photos are mine.
Sources: http://operaen.no/forestillinger/alcina/ / https://www.facebook.com/operaen

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Valkyrja.com

30.01.2014 kl.10:37

Så spennende å gå på opera. Og det høres ut som et veldig spennende stykke :-) Jeg har faktisk aldri vært på opera (!), bortsett fra en gang jeg var på konferanse og middagen ble holdt på restauranten i operahuset, hvor det kom en sanger bort til bordet og sang O Sole Mio direkte til meg med et helt utrolig volum på stemmen (haha det var litt utenfor min komfortsone men dog skikkelig morsomt)... Men jeg hører en del på klassisk og opera som bakgrunnsmusikk både hjemme og på jobb. Akkurat nå går f.eks. Rusalka: Song to the Moon i bakgrunnen her :-)

~Gaiadóttir~

30.01.2014 kl.10:46

Valkyrja: Hahaha, det hørtes litt komisk ut! Prøver å introdusere og lokke folk til opera, men får motsatt virkning :p Har vært på opera noen få ganger, og er ikke alltid like spennende, men dette hørtes interessant og vakkert ut, så det hadde jeg veldig lyst til å få med meg :) Vi fikk til og med billetter på første rad! :O Hører også på klassisk hjemme, spesielt når jeg rydder. Takk for musikktips <3

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