Date: 31 August 2014
Author: Florin Ghioca
On Saturday night, over 10,000 people besieged the park in front of the Bucharest National Opera House to attend the annual performance event, “The Opera Promenade”. The artists were generously rewarded with minutes-long standing ovation.
The performance which the Bucharest National Opera House has been hosting since 2007 has reached its eight edition, which was marked by many changes, as the General Manager of the institution, Răzvan Ioan Dincă, willed to emphasize.
“These changes that are being made one could notice not only on the outside, but also on the inside, regarding the Opera’s repertoire”, Dincă pointed out in front of over 10,000 people. He added that the change also pointed the ballet repertoire, which was modified and refreshed after the arrival of Johan Kobborg, Artistic Director of the Ballet Company and former first soloist of the Royal Danish Ballet.
The 2014-2015 season’s ballet productions of the Bucharest Opera House include "La fille Mal Gardée", "Giselle" and "Ballet Triptych". As for the opera, the new season will bring new titles, such as “Manon Lescaut”, “Falstaff’ and “La Traviata”.
Meanwhile, the numerous audience, which has filled the lawn in front of the Opera House, enjoyed the occasion of being offered a taste of the upcoming season, by virtue of the outstanding soloist who performed on stage: Liliana Matei Ciucă, Iulia Isaev, Mihaela Stanciu, Ala Cheptini, Irina Baianţ, Irina Iordăchescu, Lucian Corchiş, Augustin Hotea, Şerban Vasile and Ştefan Pop. They sang arias from well-known opera compositions, such as: "Rigoletto", "La Traviata", "Falstaff" and "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi, "Manon Lescaut" by Puccini, "Carmen" by Bizet Georges or "Granada" by Augustin Lara .
The soloists of the Ballet Company performed solos and pas de deux excerpts from “Giselle” by Adolphe Charles Adam, “Manon” by Jules Massenet“ and La fille mal gardée” by Ferdinand Herold. The dancers who delighted the audience of “The Opera Promenade” included Marina Minoiu, Bianca Stoicheciu, Bianca Fota, Alice Minoiu, Ovidiu Matei Iancu, Călin Rădulescu, Cristian Preda, Bogdan Plopeanu and Dawid Trzensimiech.
The final moment was outstanding, as usual. This time, an excerpt from the Triumphal Scene from “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi was chosen to emphasize the end of the performance.