"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn."


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Siegfried" Opens to Great Reviews!

Choreogapher Lawrence Pech assists supernumerary Jerry Locsin as he puts on his bear costume. The bear appears as Siegfried's companion in Act I of Siegfried.  (This is because Siegfried has been raised by an "Evil Dwarf" in the Forest and has had only animals for companions..)  Many current productions
omit the Bear altogether....it's a shame because it adds a bit of humour to a dark story.


I must say, since the beginning of rehearsals (late-April), Jerry has grrrrrreatly improved and now gambols about the stage looking very like a Bear!  The audience loved him at Sunday's Opening!

Siegfried has just slain the "Dragon" (which resembles a HUGE Trash Compactor/Transformer thingie)....The Dragon's body opens to reveal Fafner the Giant....who dies, but not before revealing the whereabouts of "the Ring" to Siegfried.
Here is the Dragon in action!  He really is quite amazing as he spits steam and hisses.....his eyes and mouth glow!   (And again, kudos to the design team as many operas forgo any kind of dragon and settle for a digital image projected on a backdrop!  Here, Siegfried can really do battle with him!)

Finally, after almost five hours (yes, that's right.....5 HOURS) of marvelous singing AND acting, Siegfried breaks through the "Magic Fire" that has been surrounding Brünnhilde (since the end of Die Walküre) and awakens her with a kiss!  They end the opera singing some of the most glorious music ever...filled with joy and passion.  (Of course, this is NOT going to last...Götterdämmerung is coming....) But, one leaves the performance in a kind of glowing trance, the music still resounding in one's head and heart.



Love to all,

♥ Robin ♥

18 comments:

  1. 5 hours??? FIVE HOURS!!!!!

    you are an angel

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  2. Glorious! I wish I could be there with you and enjoy every second of that magnificent opera.
    Bombastic beauty as we say here. Nothing short of a jolt of magic that keeps on giving for days after. I know you know what I mean. Hugs from a very gray, cold and thunder stormy weather here. Would we ever see the sun again I wonder?

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  3. can't wait can't wait can't wait!!!!! xo

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  4. WOW! A bear AND a dragon and romance and music? FIVE HOURS? That is amazing in itself. :) You are busy and happy I am betting! xox Pam

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  5. brava, brava dear robin!!! awaiting more from the ring!!

    and btw that bear is amazing!!!

    xoxo

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  6. Hey Mim.... five hous is "Nuthin"...Gotterdammerung is 5 1/2 hours! Does that make me an Archangel? Ha-ha!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  7. Mim....and a HUGE thank you for your Blogger-Comment Tips! Finally, I can comment on my own blog as well as others!!!!!

    MUWAH!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  8. Suki, wish you were here..you would LOVE this production!

    Love to you and Bibs,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  9. Oh Allegra, my fellow-shoe lover, Opera-lover,life lover...

    YES, I totally understand what you mean....and oh, how I wish you were here to share this magic with me!

    Love to you and B. Loved,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  10. Cher "T et D"

    Soon...in a few hours, we WILL share some Wagner!!!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  11. Pamee..... at last (thanks to Mim) I can comment....yep..this is all pretty cool....and I haven't even posted on half of it! But, must dash off to YOUR blog now to see if I can leave a comment!

    Miss you!!

    Love from ♥ Robin ♥, Enid and..Zombie Bunny!

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  12. Amanda.... you know I am travelling along with you back to that beautiful land of eternal mystery!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  13. WoW! FIVE HOURS! Really??? <3

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  14. Five hours?! Wow! That's an opera. I always enjoy your opera posts, Robin.

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  15. this is really cool, robin. an endearing bear shuffling behind stage just make me laugh out loud! what an experience you share.

    five hours? five hours! i don't think I could do it.

    LOve
    kj

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  16. I love the bear!!! He looks real and the transformer dragon is so modern I like it they left these elements in.
    I bet the whole thing was a stunning event!
    Finally the music is on its way to you.......

    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    I have a very busy day ahead of me.....

    ♥♥♥
    >M<

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