Otello – July 25th
Jonas Kaufmann in concert – July 26th
Luisa Miller – July 26th
Angela Gheorghiu in concert – July 27th
,,,,,,Four days dedicated to good music. I’ll talk first about the last concert as this was the main purpose I went there. It was my first Angela concert. Didn’t know the program but on the website of the Bayerische Opera there were the composers. So I figured out what she was supposed to sing. Marius Manea, a very talented Romanian tenor, joined her for this concert. We went to pick up the tickets on the first day we got to Munich. Next to the backstage door there was a big poster with her. Everything seemed to be ok.
......The waiting was long. Too long. I wish the concert was that evening. But no. I had to wait one more day. "Luisa Miller" was very interesting. Another modern production. But this time it made sense. And the artists did their best. Especially Mrs Stoyanova.
The poster at the stage door, announcing the concert.
......The next day had to be spent wisely in order to avoid thinking of the butterflies in the stomach. The big night was closer and closer. We visited Schloss Nymphenburg. And this took as almost the whole day.
......And the long waited evening arrived. It was a full house, as expected. Some beautiful moments were to come. We had very good seats, row 4, 109 and 111, links (left). As I go to concert very often I know that the soloists stay on the left side of the conductor as look at the stage. The view was perfect. The concert was perfect from my point of view.
La forza del destino – Verdi
La Wally – Ebben? Ne andro londtana (Wally’s aria) – Catalani
La Boheme – Che Gelida manina (Rodolfo’s aria) – Puccini
Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo – Puccini
L’elisir d’amore – Caro elisir (duet Adina, Nemorino) – Donizetti
Cavaleria Rusticana – Intermezzo – Mascagni
L’amico Fritz – Suzel, buon di (duet Suzel, Fritz) – Mascagni
Luisa Miller – Quando le sere al placido (Rodolfo’s aria) – Verdi
Madama Butterfly – Un bel di vedremo (Cio Cio San’s aria) - Puccini
La Boheme – O soave fanciula (duet Mimi, Rodolfo) – Puccini
Gianni Schici - O mio bambino caro – Puccini
Muzica - George Grigoriu
No puede ser
La Traviata – Brindisi – Verdi
......The first part seemed sooooo short. It lasted for 45 minutes or so. But for me there’s never enough. They were both nervous at the beginning. I guess that Marius was more nervous. It was a big thing for him. To sing in Munich in front of 2000 people. And more than that, to sing with Mrs Gheorghiu. But he did it well. There was a slight trace of roughness in his voice due to a previous cold, maybe. But as the show moved on he did better and better. Honestly. The the audience supported him from beginning to the end. I don’t know if he heard, but there were a lot of "bravo" for him after each aria. He has a powerful voice and he’s also charismatic. Una Gelida Manina.. and then the aria from Lusia Miller. I simply loved that. He should have been on stage one night before. I hope that the director of the Bayerische Oper was there. And that encore…No Puede Ser… was great. We wanted to show the support. In Romania everybody would have jumped up from the chair and applauded. Here people are more conservative. Nobody rose. But again, many people said "bravo". Which is very good, taking into consideration that the same audience can boo (as it happened in the end of Luisa Miller. The target was the young tenor that replaced Ramon Vargas).
......Mrs Gheorghiu impressed me as she always does. She sung everything I wanted to hear. Form Un Bel Di to Musica and Granada. No comments about the voice. I’m way too subjective. I forget to breath. I know the music, I know the lyrics and my mind follows each note. I can’t hear or see anything else. It’s like magic. I tend to notice every detail, such as the moment when she closes her eyes before starting to sing. Those two-three seconds of concentration. I wanted to listen to her singing something from Traviata. I had an attempt this year to see it. In Berlin. But she cancelled. I’ll have two more chances next year. At the Met and at ROH. Maybe one out of two. Or maybe both, who knows. They sung Parigi O Cara. And in the end, Brindisi.
......Before the show my friend and I talked about the encores. We said there will be three. One Angela, one Marius and one together. But the crowed applauded so much that there 5 encores. Two Angela - O mio bambino caro and Musica, one Marius- No Puede Ser and two together – Granda and Brindisi. We also guessed three songs out of five. Musica, Granda and Brindisi. I would have loved to hear again Vissi D’Arte. But when I heard Musica I was so proud that in the end I rose and applauded despite the nasty looks I go from the people behind. I had to do that.
......And the dresses…. She looked so good. They were three of them as you’ll see later on. But it’s not only about the dress. It’s also about how you wear the dress. That’s what gives elegance. An up straight position, a certain look… she’s unbeatable. And people absolutely love that.
......At the beginning of the first duet she looked straight into Marius’s eyes. From where I sit I could see her look. "You can do it. I’m here. We’ll both do our best". And she supported him throughout the show.
......I couldn’t help hearing some small problems. There was a slight lack of synchronization at the beginning of Un Bel Di. The orchestra went faster than Angela. She looked at the conductor, than at the concertmaster…In the end the conductor, Keri-Lynn Wilson, managed to solve the situation. Also the last note of Suave Fanciula was a little bit ...different. They didn’t remain on the stage. As in opera, they went backstage so sing the final notes. It’s a very high note for the soprano and it’s difficult to take it in piano, as required. So this alternative is used. There was somthing wrong with that sound. I don't know how to explain it but let's say it was different from every Boheme I've listened to. The most obvious mistake was at the beginning of Granada. The trumpet has in intervention right before the singers start. Well… either the player wasn’t paying attention to the conductor or he was sick or something. That sound was horrible. It was false. The audience laughed. The conductor had a big smile on her face (not very professional I may say). This unpleasant incident broke the concentration of the singers for a few seconds. They were prepared to start singing and then… laughter. What could have been the feeling in that moment? They looked at each other, breathed deeply and went on. I heard her singing Granada several times (the concert in Prospect Park and then the concert in Jordan), but never live. This was a complete delight.
......The concert lasted more than 2 hours. And it seemed like 15 minutes. This always happens after great moment. You’d like them to go on forever. And this is the time when I start waiting for the next Angela’s concert. For me it’s in October. More precisely October 2nd, Royal Festival Hall in London.
......We went at the backstage door. There were so many people there waiting. The first one to come out was the conductor. But she was in a hurry. Then Angela came. She couldn’t get outside because there were too many people inside asking for autographs. She signed programs and photos and made everybody happy. There are several types of people in this large gathering. Those who go there just because they attended the concert and want an autograph, usually the locals. They don’t usually get involved in a conversation. Then there are those people who saw the artist several times, they know many things about her/him and want to show the appreciation. Besides having the program signed they talk about future appearances and what they liked most. And there is also a third category, those for whom the autograph is just a pretext to talk again with their favorite artist. Those who follow her/him to several performances in different parts of the world. And the pleasure is even bigger when the artist knows who you are. What an incredible feeling. They see a lot of faces everyday, hear a lot of nice words…so that’s why I think that in the end it’s an honor when you hear "you are X. we met there". First time I thought it was a coincidence. But the meeting in the previous morning proved it was not. Two or three people around me asked me if I know her because they heard her calling me on my name. Well, no. Maybe I was in the right place at the right time. Hope someday you’ll experience this. We changed a few words then she left. A few seconds later she turned towards us and said "good bye, girls".
......We went back home with a big smile on our faces and hearts full of joy. It was exactly how we wanted it to be.
......During this cultural trip I met some very nice people. First of all, Marie. This was an unexpected meeting. She came to me and said "you’re Irina". I said "yes, but how do you know?". "I read your blog" was the answer. Imagine that! I heard the same line from another nice lady. Sorry I don’t remember your name. But if you read this post leave a comment so I know who you are. Maybe we’ll see each other again sometime. Then Mrs Lia and her Italian husband. We saw eachother in the morning of the previous day when waiting for Mr Kafmann to come out and again after Angela’s concert. Very nice people.
......After Mr Kaufmann’s concert I met Christina. She’s a fan of Jonas's and also of Anna&Rolando. Visit her blog. You’ll find many nice things there. Nice meeting you Christina. Hope to see you again.
......I also met Christine. I didn’t know she would be there but I should have imagined because she lives in Munich. Again, it was a pleasure meeting you. You take beautiful pictures. No wonder that Angela took them.
......As you see, this trip worth millions. I saw beautiful things (there’ll be other posts about Jonas Kaufmann’s concert and also about Otello and Luisa Miller) and met great people that share my passion for music and also for Angela.