~ 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? :)
~ Love and light ~