On Saturday night, the “Eroilor” Area of Bucharest became a place of visual and auditory delight, as the ballet and opera soloist of the Bucharest National Opera House met the audience for the eighth edition of the “Opera Promenade”, an event which brought about 10,000 spectators.
They attended with great enthusiasm this event organized by the Bucharest National Opera House, as, according to estimates, there were about 10,000 people on the esplanade where the performance took place.
At 20h30 a lyre recital opened the “Opera Promenade”. With a diverse audience, ranging from four-year old children to elderly ladies and gentlemen, from casually dressed up people to women wearing long dresses and men in suits, the Opera Promenade was a showcase of opera and ballet performances which will premiere during the 2014-2015 season.
“This edition’s program is somehow special, as compared to the previous ones. First, because it’s a sort of preface of the 2014-2015 season, which will run under the sign of the new. Starting from this autumn, the Opera will have a renovated home, provided with a stage built from scratch, a newly built auditorium, new off-stage rooms, and many new productions, as well. In addition, a magazine entirely dedicated to opera and ballet performances will be also released in the new season. Moreover, some new artists will come to Bucharest to join the team of the Opera in Bucharest and this all this “invasion” of renewal for one goal: to develop the Capital city into an interesting place to be, within the European network of the lyric genre”, said Sever Voinescu, host of the eight edition of the “Opera Promenade”.
Therefore, the 2014-2015 season of the Bucharest National Opera House will host three new productions: “Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini, directed by Jonathan Kent, (a co-production of the Bucharest National Opera House and the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden and Shanghai Grand Theatre), “Falstaff” by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Graham Vick, and “La traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, the directorial of Paul Curran.
Furthermore, the Bucharest National Opera House Ballet Company will stage three premieres, as well: “Ballet Triptych” (consisting of “Classical Symphony’, with a choreography designed by Yuri Possokhov” “Petite Mort”, with choreography and sets created by Jiří Kylián and “Marguerite and Armand”, a performance choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton, “La fille mal gardée’ by Ferdinand Herold, under the choreographic approach of Sir Frederick Ashton, and “Giselle” by Adolphe Charles Adam, choreographed by Johan Kobborg and Ethan Stiefel.
The approximately 10,000 people gathered on the Bucharest National Opera House esplanade could listen, among others, to “Granada’, performed by Ștefan Pop, “Habanera” from the opera “Carmen” by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Liliana Mattei Ciucă, “La donna è mobile” from the opera “Rigoletto”, performed by Augustin Hotea, and “In quelle trine morbide” from the opera “Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini, sung by Iulia Isaev.
There were performed, as well, several excerpts from the current productions of the Bucharest National Opera House, including “Giselle” by Adolphe Charles Adam, choreographed by Johan Kobborg and Ethan Stiefel, starring Alice Minoiu and Cristian Preda, a solo from the ballet “Les lutins” (“The Elves”), based on the choreographic approach of Johan Kobborg and performed by Cristian Preda, and “Manon”, with a choreography signed by Kenneth McMillian, starring Bianca Fota and Dawid Trzensimiech.
“The Opera Promenade” hosted some of the greatest voices of Romania’s first lyric stage and guests from Romania and abroad, including winners of the second edition of the International Competition “Le Grand Prix de l’Opéra”, organized by the Bucarest National Opera House – with the accompaniment of the Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Sandu.
The audience had the occasion to listen to opera singers Irina Baianţ, Ala Cheptini, Lucian Corchiş, Augustin Hotea, Irina Iordăchescu, Iulia Isaev, Liliana Mattei Ciucă, Ştefan Pop, Mihaela Stanciu and Şerban Vasile and also to flatter their eyes with the graceful movements of the ballet soloists Marina Minoiu, Ovidiu Matei Iancu, Bianca Stoicheciu, Călin Rădulescu, Cristian Preda, Alice Minoiu, Bianca Fota, Bogdan Plopeanu şi Dawid Trzensimiech.
“My role here is to tell you that the coming up season will put on new clothes due to the fact that it will be a revived one, both in its form and substance (…) The fact that 10,000 people – our estimates – gathered here this evening, enjoying the beautiful weather outside, is giving us hope that you will be joining us on the 30th of October, when the new season will open with the premiere of “La Traviata”, directed by one of the greatest opera directors, Paul Curran”, said Răzvan Ioan Dincă, General Manager of the Bucharest National Opera House. “We would be delighted to feel that they want to spend more time in the Opera House. Living together for the Bucharest National Opera House”, he added.
This event, that lasted about two hours, has gathered together both the loyal fans of opera music - who usually join the productions presented by the institution - and people who were on their first meeting with the events organized by the Bucharest National Opera House.