Sometimes, they say that watching a cinecast is almost as good as being there. In some ways, it’s better. Every year, we go to the cinecast of the André Rieu concert from Maastricht; indeed, a couple of years, we’ve gone to the live concert AND the cinecast … we try (so far, without success) to spot ourselves in the audience.
We’re agreed that the cinecast is cheaper, we don’t have to travel so far, the seats are more comfortable … and there’s nothing like the queue for the toilet at interval time that there is at Maastricht.
Last week, we went further afield … well, we only went to Salisbury again, but you know what I mean! There was a cinecast of the performance of the opera ‘Turandot’, from the Floating Stage in Sydney Harbour.
Now, for most people, all they know of the opera is the song ‘Nessun Dorma’. It’s sung in Italian, of which I know about ten words (and most of them are swear words). So, how do we know what’s going on?
If you attend a ‘live’ opera, they usually give you a synopsis of the plot in the programme … I downloaded mine from the Internet, just in case. But, it wasn’t necessary. Since it’s film, they simply add subtitles. The plot doesn’t really matter, anyway; it’s the singing you came to hear, isn’t it?
I wonder if the composer Puccini, who died in 1924, ever conceived of his work being performed against the dramatic backdrop of Sydney Harbour by night? One thing’s for certain … if we’re ever in Sydney again, attending a performance of anything on the Floating Stage is definitely high on the list.