Date: 19 August 2014
Source: Ziarul Metropolis
Author: Adina Scorţescu
“The Opera Promenade, the greatest open air concert dedicated to classical music in Bucharest, will take place this Sunday, the 30th of August, starting at 20h30, on the Esplanade of the Bucharest National Opera House.
Why going to this concert?
1. For it’s an outdoor event (festival’s flavours included)
Although the food stalls and refrigerators full of cold beer are not included in the script (it’s not the Summer Well Festival, you know!), people are sitting relaxed on chairs or straight on the grass; one can see, at the same time, barefoot children, young hippies and ladies wearing hats and Channel. 10, 000 people joined the seventh edition of the event. Besides that, listening live to “Vissi d’arte” aria from “Tosca”, in the moonlight, having before your eyes the Opera House building, all draped in white (yes, it’s the building itself that got ready for the event) and the Dâmboviţa River, dark and silent, - it’s like seizing happiness for a few moments. If you don’t like “Tosca”, don’t worry, you have where to choose from. The program also includes arias from “Rigoletto”, “La Traviata”, “Manon Lescaut”, “Falstaff” and “Carmen”.
2. For taking a “bath” of artists
About 200 artists will be on the open air stage in front of the Opera House, some of whom are special guests from abroad, including tenor Ştefan Pop and baritone Şerban Vasile.
3. For killing two birds with one stone
Unlike last years, this years the audience will have the occasion to see ballet sequences: “La fille mal gardée”, “Manon”, “Giselle”, “Les Lutins”, “Rhapsody”. Principal dancers of the Bucharest National Opera House, including Bianca Fota, Ovidiu Matei Iancu, Dawid Trzensimiech, will perform on stage.
4. For watching a preview of the up coming season
Do you want to buy tickets for a performance at the Opera but it’s hard to decide? Looking for a less musty staging, but at the same time not a too fancy one with a Violetta wearing a leather skirt? Then the Opera Promenade is the right place to be in order see sequences of the next season’s premieres: “Falstaff”, staged by the well-known director Graham Vick, “La Traviata”, directed by Paul Curran, “Manon Lescaut”, directed by Jonathan Kent, “La fille mal gardée” (“The Wayward Daughter”), a choreographic creation by Sir Frederick Ashton and “Giselle”, signed by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg.
5. For it’s free entry
And besides all, you don’t have to be there at some time sharp. You can arrive for the second part of the concert (and you will be perfectly fine with just listening, since a sea of people will stay between you and the stage) or you can leave earlier, to catch the last train home.