Wednesday, July 4, 2012

AUBER: Das Bronzene Pferd (27.04.2012, Komische Oper Berlin)

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S572, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

It's definitely one of the most entertaining oper I've ever seen. It's a very catchy one, even though musically it's quite hard to differ this work from a broadway production. Serious! But, no, it's quite an oper anyway...

Well, on the production notes it says: "Nur wer das Leben ernst, bitter ernst nimmt, hat auch wirlich Humor." (Immanuel Kant), it's very correct laides and gentleman. Oscar Wilde also has his own wise advice of life, printed on the notes: "Die Maenner heiraten aus Muedigkeit, die Frauen aus Neugierde - und beide sind dann arg enttaeuscht." So, it's clear that the story of this opera revolves around life, specifically, relationship between man and woman, husbie-wifey, sex... all those stuffs. 

This opera uses pandas and monkeys to symbolize the comical similarity between man's and animal's love life, and those two animals also represent China, which is the setting and cultural influence of the piece.

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S571, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Bravo to the Komische Oper Diva! Erika Roos plays the role of Tao Jin, Herr Mandarin's fourth wife. She stole the spotlight that night!! And I guess every night of this production...

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S560, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S555, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S557, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Funny scenes, lively jokes *sometimes too much, you forget you're watching an opera*

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S556, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Sung-Keun Park as the Chinese Prince and Annelie Sophie-Mueller as Pe-Ki are also the bright stars.

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S563, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S569, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Quite dazzling effect for a 'normal' production... 

And this is how they portray Venus in the third act...

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S564, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S565, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

Fun,fun fun. So, conclusion: if you're a classic opera lover, you'll hate this - except if you're open-minded to try something new. For the beginners and you entertainment demanding people, this just fits you perfectly. 

Rating: 8/10

Komische Oper Berlin, Das bronzene Pferd , Bildnummer: S570, Foto: Thomas M. Jauk

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