Monday, January 7, 2008

What did my visit to the ROH teach me!



1. If you watch who is seated in the 200£ seats, you won’t find ladies stunningly coiffed and gowned with Van Cleef jewels etc. etc. but old maids with cheap floral Marks&Spencer dresses.

2. If you want to buy a small bottle of water, you ‘d better buy a glass of wine. Almost same price.

3. If you visit the Amphitheatre foyer-bar you ‘re gonna feel like you ‘re in an airport (whose designer was neither Zaha Hadid nor Karim Rashid) just waiting to catch a flight. Terrible!

4. People at the ROH are no elitists! They treat going to the opera just like going to the movies. They talk, laugh out loud, drink, eat (no pop-corn, thank God).

5. Surtitles are the reason for the Opera Renaissance: People will just read the surtitles but they won’t listen to the music nor the libretto and of course they won't allow others to listen.

6. Everybody will be laughing even before Dandini says his line! What’s the point in saying the line if you have already read it on the surtitles? Waste of time…


10 comments:

Gloriana said...

TELEIO POST! XAXAXAXAXAXA

mahler76 said...

I ELS ehei kalitero koino telika HAHHAHAHAHHAHA

Coco said...

De acuerdo al 100%!!!! Jajaja
Muy fuerte, a mí lo de las risas tan escandalosas me pone nervioso. Lo peor que recuerdo fue cuando en "La Forza del Destino" se dispara el arma en el primer acto!
¡Qué cosas!
Saludos

Popp Fanatic said...

mahler76: mi trellathoume kiolas. Oute kan gia asteio mi ta leme afta. Ehei ta strava tou to Covent Garden, alla paramenei apo tis kalyteres operatikes empeiries genikotera (safws anwtero apo tin anostia tis Met). Isws na eimai kapws biased afou einai to topiko mou magazi, alla to protimw. De diafwnw oti ta surtitles vgainoun kammia fora nwritera apo to stixo, alla kammia fora oi metafraseis einai poly eksypnes (px sto Cosi to kalokairi). Kai symfwnw episis oti to Floral Hall einai kapws facelessly corporate. Alla kata t'alla skizoume re :-). BTW, ontws, sta panakriva stalls seats vlepeis mallon psagmenous opadous pou den erxontai mono gia tin koinwniki eksodo (mono paraskevi/savato erxontai kai kati City types me tis bejewelled gkomenes tous - tis alles meres kyriarxoume emeis oi letsoi). Kata kanona oso pio akrives theseis toso pio letsos o akroatis.

I ELS (piga tis proalles gia prwti fora, sti boheme) apodeihtike katwteri twn prosdokiwn mou kai den ennow tous kallitehnes pou itan mia hara, oute ti monterna skinothesia pou itan thavmasia. Ennow to koino. Perimena loipon oti logw tou ereipiou tou Olympia en antithesi me ti gklamouria tou megarou to koino tha itan kapws pio psagmeno, alla eida tin elliniki kafrila se olo tis to megaleio:

-kinita (plithyntikos) me skyladika ringtones.
-typoi pou kanane text kathe 10 lepta ("nai, eimai stin opera, tha se dw se mia wra"). Akoma kai sto siwpilo mode, mono to fws tou tilefwnou sto imifws tis aithousas einai souper spastiko.
-psili kouventoula kath'oli ti diarkeia ("nai, afti pethainei mwre, krima tin kopella").
-tromeres dimosioypallile taksithetries pou empazan akoma kosmo enw o Rodolfo eihe arxisei na kaiei to ergo tou (milame gia toso mesa stin prwti praksi).
-Fovera disclaimers dimosiou sta klimatistika oti "na xrisimopoiountai mono apo tous provlepomenous xeiristes" (pou endexomenws tha pairnoun kai epidoma me odoiporika).

Na mi piasw to oti o diefthyntis tin eixe dei karagian kai eihe tin orxistra diarkws sto souper fortissimo kai de mporousame na akousoume tous dolious tous solist gia to miso ergo. Eipame verismo, alla afto de simainei "oi karamouzes sta 140 decibel oli tin wra".

Ouf, gkriniaksa kai ksedwsa :-)

mahler76 said...

Vre popp fanatic eprepe na valo kai megala gramata EIRONIKO SHOLIO??? gia na gino katanoitos? Ego to koino tis ROH den to xero kai epesa apo ta sinefa me afta pou elege o Parsifal alla den eho kai logo na ton amfisvitiso. Oso gia tin ELS genikotera, min ksineis pliges ki esi vradiatika.

Popp Fanatic said...

Nai re, katalava oti ekanes plaka, apla ithela na kanw let off a bit of steam gia tin Lyrikia (TM), dioti me espase oti i poly kali kai filotimi prospatheia se tosa pramata (casting, ermineia, ithopoiia, skinothesia, mexri kai to programma itan aristo) ksynise apo ti vlakeia (gia na to poume evgenika) se tosa alla (koino, proswpiko ELS, diefthyntis orxistras). Den eimai katholou snob me tin ellada kai, mia kai gyrizw tou xronou oristika meta apo konta 20 xronia eksw, THELW i ELS na einai kali mia kai de tha borw pia na pigainw sto ROH kathe 15 meres.

Oso gia ta sxolia tou parsifal (tou opoio to blog vriskw aristo BTW) ki egw parakseneftika, dioti tosa xronia pou pigainw eilikrina den eixa pote toses kakes ebeiries MAZEMENES (kapou-kapou ginontai paparies fysika). Gi'afto kai sxoliasa.

Parsifal said...

AAAA m aresei pou to ROH ksypnhse ta aimata...Omologw oti to koino htan by far to xeirotero pou exw dei se Theatro....apo polles apopseis...To Liceu eksakolouthei na einai top, apo oles tis apopseis...

Parsifal said...

To whom it may concern....Η Θεοδοσίου δεν εχει τραγουδήσει ποτέ στο Λισέο. Και το θέατρο λέγεται Gran Teatre del Liceu στα καταλωνικά και Gran Teatro del Liceo στα καστιλιάνικα....

wanderer said...

Ean to ypotithemeno megaro "mousikis" ton Athinon kai tis Thessalonikis mazi itan esto kai ligo san tin ROH kai tin Wiener Staatsoper tote i opera kai i klassiki mousiki stin Ellada tha se kalyteri moira kai oxi os to elitistiko eidos pou thelete na to parousiasete. Oi xoroi aftoi xoroi anagis einai gia aftous pou agapoun to eidos logo eleipsis allou xorou.As min exellinizoume ta panta giati ta ypotimame stin teliki kai einai krima...

Parsifal said...

Tha symfwnhsw me ton prolalhsanta (etsi, se greenglish) oson afora to "xwroi anagkhs"...Alla h empeiria mou htan anepanalhpth nomizw ekeino to vrady sth ROH-fysika yparxoun elafryntika, Rossini, Xristougenna, touristes ktl ktl kai exw kai martyres (thn hxografhsh mou pou den akougetai apo thn oxlagwgh). Kai epanerxomenos sto thema, shmera syzhtousa me ena filo sto thlefwno gia to an prepei na paei na dei thn Traviata ths Operas Thessalonikis afou etsi k alliws den exei k tipote allo sthn polh alla eixe second thoughts, giati meta ton persino Fledermaus (tou idiou organismou) yposxethike ston eauto tou na mhn ksanapathsei gia na mhn ton piasei pali 8lipsh... Alla ta second thoughts kai oi orkoi den kratiountai eukola otan to mono politistiko proion ths polhs sou einai mia Traviata sto kinhmatografo "Aristoteleion" (gia na mhn pw ti mou eipe h ispanida skinothetis sta perithwria ths synentefksis gia thn katastash ekei...)...