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Sat, Jan. 8th, 2011, 11:12 am
Andrea Chénier

Thanks to a very kind co-worker whose partner works at the royal opera we got tickets to see an opera called Andrea Chénier. As total opera-newbies (we got to see The Marriage of Figaro a few months ago thanks to the same friend), we had a smashing time!

Somebody has described this italian opera about the french revolution (well, it focuses on a few people during the french revolution) as "Puccini on steroids" - I haven't seen anything by Puccini yet so can't comment much, but it was great fun.

Gorgeous costumes (think of the Sofia Coppola movie "Marie Antoinette"), very cool scenography (a gigantic golden frame that would spin and thus frame the action on stage in various ways making many scenes look like painting tableaus) and some seriously skilled singers*. Much fun!

Opera. Who knew? Will definitely try and see more italian operas - feels stupid living in Stockholm and not taking proper advantage of all the neat stuff that comes with a big city.

* The female lead did come off as a very stereotypical opera-singer now and then (think Bianca Castafiore in Tintin), but was still fun to listen to. The male lead had a really great voice, very rich and soft, yet strong. Cool stuff.

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