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No words… just emotions…

May 21, 2010

This is how I felt when I was leaving the Komische Oper in Berlin after watching “Fidelio” there, an opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven, produced by Benedikt von Peter. It was so good that at the end I was 110% emotionally charged. It is definitely one of the greatest cultural experiences I have ever had.

“Fidelio” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Source of photo.

The Komische Oper is not big. It is small, but very cosy, and its stage is very close to front rows. As I was sitting in the middle of the front row, I felt I was in the action of opera myself. Well, it is not fully applicable to compare it to watching a 3D IMAX movie, but it was smth like that – being very close to the action.

The other thing that made “Fidelio” very special is that producers did a great job in merging old with modern. In the beginning of the opera, when the curtain was taken up, we saw a group of workers in modern clothes with modern tools, like electric drills dismantling the scene, I re-read the name of the opera in the program thinking it was not Fidelio. However, when Marzelline (Karen Rettinghaus) started singing, my journey to a fantastic world of old/modern “Fidelio” began. No words, just emotions.

Deep appreciation and non-stop applauses to Anton Keremidtchiev (Don Pizarro), Mirko Janiska (Don Fernando), Caroline Melzer (Leonore), Thomas Ebenstein (Jaquino), Karen Rettinghaus (Marzelline), Will Hartmann (Florestian) for their excellent voice and acting!

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