Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I spent almost all my professional life in thermal power plant business. I support all types’ energy investments provided that they create employment for the local people, they are environmentally friendly and they utilize local energy sources. When I consider classical music, I feel that Opera is the music of the energy sector, of the thermal power plants.
Once we think of natural gas industry, then we recall Nabucco Opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. "Nabucco" pipeline is named after this opera, since it was the opera performance on stage in Vienna Opera house during partnership negotiations held in
at that time. Vienna
In the spring of 2010 at the Ankara Opera, world famous lady director "Mrs. Yekta Kara", directed "Macbeth" opera on stage. Macbeth was played three times, two of which I had the chance to see. The baritone roles were great. Singers, choir and the orchestra performance were exceptional, great. "Macbeth" opera relays subtle messages in a political sense.
In this autumn, Tosca and Macbeth will be staged in Ankara Opera House.
Opera is the harshest, most brutal, most spectacular music, the peak is of the German Richard Wagner Operas. There will be a new Wagner Opera Tannhauser in Ankara Opera House after New Year. Premier will be on 7th May 2011.
Why Wagner? I feel that it is most suitable music for thermal power plant professionals.
Wagner, who lived between the years 1813-1883, contrary to common thought he had nothing to do with Hitler, he even did not live at the same life span.
When I watch a presentation on thermal power plants, in a conference, in panel discussions, in fairs, exhibitions, at the background I hear Wagner's music. I do not know why? I guess maybe it's the most suitable music for all parties.
“At the moment in the opera world, which Wagner Opera is being staged where?" I did goggle search. Have a look what I have found,
There are seven separate opera houses in
, after a long period of indifference for the first time this year, Wagner will be on stage. Moscow
, Deutscher Oper in Germany StaatsOper, Munich Bayerische Oper will have Wagner opera on stage. Berlin, Hamburg
too, Die Walküre , Milan
, three Wagner Opera will be performed in the spring of 2011, Paris
Two different Wagner operas will be on stage in New York Metropolitan Opera,
Maybe "Opera in Cinema" organization in
can create an opportunity and we can watch live in Cinema. Ankara
Royal Opera House in
has one Wagner performance in November. London
There is no Wagner opera in Telaviv
, an unofficial ban of Wagner music due to unpleasant WW2 events. Israel
Prague Opera house has two-separate Wagner repertoire. “Flying Dutchmen” and “Tristan and Isolde” as of 2011.
In 2010-2011 Budapest Opera repertoire, there are 5-separate Wagner operas, it is fantastic.
So what is the latest situation in
? Turkey opera house repertory has "The Flying Dutchman", we do not know if they play this season. Izmir
In Ankara, we have learnt that Wagner’s "TannHauser" Opera will be staged on 7th May 2011. Conductor and Director are German, all singers are Turkish.
Wagner Opera in Sureyya Istanbul is not in near future. LaTraviata will be held on October 16-19-21-22 in Sureyya Istanbul Opera house. Tickets are available for purchase from the internet, you can buy tickets 30 days before being on stage. https://www.dobgm.gov.tr
This year LaTraviata in Sureyya Opera house has three different teams. It is better to watch on two consecutive days. You should be online on 30 days earlier in the morning, at 0930 hours and when the web page opens already to sell tickets for the duration, and then you should immediately purchase the tickets. The next day it is too late. Then for those who will travel to
, one should create business meetings/ fairs/ conferences in Istanbul , anyhow we have 1-month time to organize such activities. Istanbul
To buy an opera ticket/ and choose a seat is not easy, you should choose not front seats where you cannot watch the performance on the hall. You should choose once left end corner the other day on the right end corner.
Balcony tickets are not recommended. You watch left of right and that gives you headache. If you are alone and you have one balcony ticket, in the second act, go direct to hall and try to find a seat. Those beautiful usher ladies will help you and get a seat for you immediately.
"LaTraviata" Opera in Sureyya Opera house is played on stage with almost empty decor. There is a little bit tilted platform, one chair, one big gambler table, or the last act one bed are on the stage. But the lead singers and choir are in great ball gown look, everybody is happy, men in black tuxedos, ladies in beautiful night dresses they walk on stage with jewelry.
My favorite conductor Antonio Pirolli will be directing the opera orchestra. All low voices even whispers can be heard very well in Sureyya Opera house, all three teams play different, and the audience feels that they watch three separate opera performances.
For an Opera attendance, you should get prepared earlier. You should get cassette, CD, iPod, mp3 player, to play Wagner’s Tannhouser music non-stop where available applicable at least 1-2 days or even one-week earlier.
You should remember each note each sound of opera music in your head, even you have no conservatory training, you should be able to follow the full music in your head.
You should have a dark business suit, shirt, neck-tie, proper dress. This requirement is for male audience. If you will be watch football match of your favorite team Fenerbahce, then get your blue jean and FenerBahce t-shirts.
If you will be watching an Opera get dressed accordingly. Casual dress for the opera is declaration of self-disrespect. We have no wording for ladies. Ladies know how to dress properly for every occasion.
Go early and get your seat not later than in the hall. There will be a few newcomer youngsters who would talk to each other, ignore them. This will be their only and last chance to see an opera.
Program book is definitely needed. Buy program booklet for each colleague you are with, and please do not try to read the text on the last minute. Opera is very well known. Do not try to read the digital wording, enjoy the music, it is so familiar you have heard earlier.
Sureyya Opera house is relatively small, but that is the advantage, all the natural voice is heard more clearly. The other opera AKM is too big, sometimes portable microphones are used. I feel that it is not appropriate.
In the first intermission, one half cup of red wine (Merlot Ankyra) drinking is relaxes, and makes you happy. Then in the other calls, black coffee with no sugar keeps people awake. Also please do note that the toilet has very steep stairs, and if you need to go to toilets, go early as possible. Your fluid intake is to be kept under control to avoid toilet need.
In the LaTraviata Opera, in the last act is the most beautiful, the most dramatic part, gives the soprano to show her talent. In Milan LaScala Opera, audience does not forgive any slightest mistake. The Artists are showered with flowers.
We've got the standard applause here, we should bring flowers to the front row, the artist should get the rain of flowers. After the performance, it is better to stay in the coffee house just across the street for half an hour, then the crowd will be released and you can get taxi easier.
Past spring, over website MyBilet "Opera in Cinema" program began. In Ankara Panora shopping mall cinema 7.hall, we had live opera broadcast. We watched, "Simon Boccanegra" and "Carmen". Tickets were sold at TL40 for live performance, TL30 from past digital records. The cinema management served cold white wine and strawberries, the audience were very pleased.
Lady director "Yekta Kara" was in the in the audience, and also, Ankara opera house conductor/ artists / orchestra players/ chorus/ singers/ almost all staff.
This fall, maybe the same practice continues. Maybe I watch a live broadcast of a Wagner opera in "Opera in Cinema" program.
Ankara METU Alumni Association is planning Classical Music and opera performances in their open air Amphitheater Lawn.
Do not be without classical music, especially the opera. With deepest regards
based Energy Analyst, Ankara