"La Bohéme", by Giacomo Puccini, at Ankara Opera House
have had the opportunity to watch the staging of the most beautiful
opera in recent years. All my favorite voices were together at the
Ankara Opera house last night premier. Saturday (December 3, 2016)
night was Premier (first staging). The unique tenor Rodolfo (Murat
Karahan), beautiful soprano Mimi (Esin Talinli), Marcello (Eralp
Kıyıcı) and wonderful soprano Musetta (Zerrin Karslı).
writer is hard to please. But he liked the performance this
performance is stage-directed by one of today’s most exciting young
directors, the Swiss–Turkish musical director Aylin Bozok has
created a wonderful job on the stage. As others have often done, she
have not escaped with ridiculous erotic variations, fancy
decorations, and expensive costumes.
in England, the Swiss Turkish director Aylin Bozok has staged an
incredibly beautiful, plain, simple easily viewed performance. In the
opera, she skipped details. There is no apparent key scene in the first play,
no soldiers in the second play. You can hear the voice of the chorus,
but they are at backstage. The children's choir is even more
prominent. At the final stage, the sword game is made with simple
imagination. There is almost no drink, no glasses, all hidden. No
Café. Decor is made simple. Costume design is simple, particularly
whitened downward, which led us to dreams. Maestro Alessandro Cedrone
gave us an unforgettable night.
second act was devoted to the Marcello-Musetta duo. They presented a
separate love story. The children's choir at the end of the second
screen was made up of children between the ages of 8 and 12, they
were cute, talented, full of excitement and wonderful. Children must
sing children choir in the opera. Their moms and dads filled the
audience especially the balcony. They proudly watched their children.
Parter was completely full.
"La Bohéme" Opera, I love the characters Mimi (Esin
Talınlı) and Musetta (Zerrin Karslı). In the evening premier, two
super sopranos shared the roles. The poet Rodolfo (Murat Karahan),
the painter Marcello (Eralp Kıyıcı), the philosopher Colline
(Özgür Savaş Gençtürk), performed beautiful well balanced
well-experienced voices filling the scene.
(Emre Uluocak), Benoit (Levent Akev), Alcindoro (Yigitcan Tatlıoğlu)
and Parpignol (Burak Pektaş) have supported the short roles.
Parpignol has adorned the character scene, he made simple emotional
pleasure in the silent role in the environment with the simple toy
orchestra was magnificent, the voices were almost perfect. Our
Maestro "Alessandro Cedrone" was well-controlled, balanced,
great, experienced, and soloists were good, emotional, powerful.
audiences, had training as if they said "Opera is staged like
this, it is played like this, it is performed like this".
December 7-14-19-26, "LaBoheme" will be played again. I do
not know if you can find tickets. I have already purchased tickets
from the internet. This work will be played multiple times for sure,
talked a lot. Absolutely it will be invited to international
festivals. Staging will be licensed for sure.
the synopsis of "LaBoheme" opera? Let's summarize it in a
few-lines. During 19th century Paris, a beautiful young girl and a
poor poet fall in love in Bohemian environment. That's all. The girl
eventually can not get proper treatment from her long term
tuberculosis, in the end she dies. The poet continues to live in
pain. It is a true story, written first as a novel, then played in
the theater, and lastly applied to the opera. LaBoheme is one of
the world's most popular operas.
opera season starts with continued program from previous year:
Verdi’s "La Traviata"
Puccini's "La Boheme",
Bizet's "Carmen" and "Signor Bruschino",
Strauss’ “Gipsy Baron (Der Zigeunerbaron)" and "the Bat
new works this in Ankara are:
Offenbach’ Parisian Life", and "Tales of Hoffmann (les
"Hamlet" and" Yevgeny Onegin" will continue.
Turkey has reputable music conservatories. The opera experience
in Turkey spans over a century. Turkish opera singers are great,
they take world stages, world class. Opera and Ballet gives us a
great daily escape from our daily travails, take a break. Go to the
nearest opera house, choose the refuge and recharge your batteries.
Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department
(1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV
companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail
design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power
plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy
analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software
expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities
and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and
Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.
article is written for the "EurasiaReview" news web site.
04 December 2016