On Friday I had the chance to go and see Fidelio at the Vienna state opera for the 3rd time already. The first time I have seen the opera was in Volksoper back in 2015. I was pleasantly surprised with the amazing performance of Peter Seiffert and Camilla Nylund. If you are not familiar with the opera life in Vienna this is one of the most loved operas that the Viennese have the pleasure to see. As you can imagine the room is always full and at the end of each aria you would always hear the loud “Bravo!” and why not accompanied by a whistle or two. Every time I have been at the Vienna state opera for this performance it is the same procedure.
It has been a long time since I had some spare time to enjoy an opera, but I planned last night for a while now so I would not miss it. One of my very favorite composers is Tchaikovsky, however, I enjoy opera more than anything else, so when I know one of his operas is coming up on the program I cannot skip it.
Eugen Onegin is an opera, which tells Pushkin‘s story in a more reverse way. As a contrast to the famous novel, in the opera, the audience is able to see Tatjana’s perspective instead of Onegin’s. If you haven’t read the novel I’ll just tell you in a few sentences what is it about.
(Anna Netrebko as Tatjana)
Okay by the title you probably already think that this is not only my 75th opera, but probably I am 75 years old already and why not – even older. Well, let me disappoint you – I am just one big fan of opera and classical music although I have nothing to do with it professionally.
These days I got the itch to write something – anything. Well, what better than an update to my blog. Even though the Vienna State Opera is having its long awaited summer break the opera house at my hometown is far from slowing down. Of course, it is not so glamorous and posh as it is back in Vienna, however, it is nice to know that you have choices during the summer to go and see an opera or two. Read more
There are a few rules for a good behavior at the opera house, however, there are always people who find it difficult to follow them.
Rule number 1: Dress decently
No, you should not come with a ball gown and a hair up-do, but still you are attending an opera – leave your flip-flops, sneakers, shorts and tank tops at home this is not the beach. I know that there are lots of tourists that love to visit the opera and there is nothing wrong with that. Still, if you know that you are going to see a performance that night be sure to either go and change before you come or wear something appropriate.
Rule number 2: No talking
This is a crucial rule. During the performance no talking is allowed or tolerated especially by the regular visitors. If you have something to say wait for the end of the performance or if it is really urgent make it as quite as possible and so as not to bother the other people around you. Read more
So if you follow the Opera life in Vienna you would know that one of the biggest events this season was Tosca starring Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu. I have never seen such a line in my life for an opera performance. I have been to beloved operas such as the works of Wagner or for performances of great singers like Netrebko and Domingo but never have I seen before so many people. I went there at around twelve o’clock at noon and there were so many people already waiting. I can never be sure of the number but probably I would not exaggerate if I say 150.
I would be a liar if I say that I was not disappointed and that I did not reconsider multiple times leaving. I cherish opera, not the singers. They come and go. I am completely aware that hearing amazing voices combined with such divine music is worth every minute of waiting but when you have to suffer discomfort throughout the whole opera you are just deprived of the full pleasure there is. Read more
So if you follow the program at the Vienna State Opera you would know that they are staging “Tosca” for a third time this season. I’ve been to the first two ones and I thought to myself today – okay, it is Saturday why not go to the opera. Every time I have nothing to do over the weekend and check if there is an interesting opera. Don’t get me wrong – for the things that I want to see at all costs I plan my time and the day when I want to see it but for such spontaneous stops at the opera I don’t prepare in advance. Read more
Last week I went to see the Romeo and Juliette opera but right on the next day I felt utterly sick and did not have a chance to share my experience with you. I went there with a friend of mine because she is a sucker for romantic things just like me. As soon as I told her I am going, she immediately decided to tag along which was nice especially when you know you are going to wait for a while.
We were there quite early and still there were so many people that I felt rather desperate – I thought we have no chance in getting good places. However, nothing is decided till the moment you buy your ticket and eventually everything turned out pretty well in the end. Read more
Yesterday I found myself at the opera again. What is better than to enjoy some beautiful music in a pleasant atmosphere far off chores and worries. I have two exams coming up soon and I really needed some time off studying. I tend to isolate myself quite a bit when it comes to exams and prefer to stay at home and work than go out. But sometimes you just have enough of that and you need something to distract you – then instead of watching a movie at home I grab my coat and go for an opera. Read more
Last night I saw the performance of La Traviata in Volksoper. It has been running for some time now and I never had the time to check it out. Since it is already winter break I decided that I have to make the most of my Friday night and pay a visit. Since I have seen the performance at Staatsoper I was not expecting to be so pleased with the performance. Read more
Tonight was one of the premiers in the new season in the Vienna State Opera. The funny thing is that I did not actually realize the premier was tonight – I thought it was earlier in the week. So I went there, actually a bit earlier than usual, only to see that there were so many people that I was almost at the end of the line.
Every time I go to the standing places line I always bring something to read with me. It always makes the time fly by and it could be very helpful especially when I have to read something for university. I always try to use up my time as best as I can – doesn’t matter if I am waiting for tickets at the opera house or I’m riding on the tram, I always try to make the best of it.
The opera was pretty nice. If I have to be honest I expected much less I was not very impressed with the music after all of the operas I have heard till now but the staging was not bad at all. Actually it was very interesting. The plot goes about a woman who is more than 200 years old because she drunk a magical potion in the 16th century and she became the best singer. It was quite interesting but you have to see it – it is worth it. Maybe it is not for every taste but still it made an impression to me.
It is written by Leoš Janáček but sadly I haven’t heard anything from him. The one opera that I heard of that he wrote is Jenůfa but I don’t have much more of an outlook over it. I hope I will get to see it in the near future. I still don’t know if I am a fan of Janáček since it didn’t feel so drawn to it that much but still I think I have to give it another chance to amuse me. It will still be running till the end of December so you should give it chance as well.
(c) Vĕc Makropulos/ wiener-staatsoper.at