An audience of 12,000 enjoyed the spectacle on Burgplatz, a few of the RhineBuzz community were disappointed that they did not manage to purchase the few tickets that became available to us for the Opera House - so they went along to Burgplatz and had a fabulous evening as they told me afterwards. The atmosphere was grand, the fireworks were dramatically launched from 2 helicopters; the Opera House performances spectacular.
Earlier, mesmerised children enjoyed a snippet of Robin Hood as the brightly-coloured soldiers from the children's opera marched onto Burgplatz. I saw this production last December and can only urge all you parents to take your children along next season. The production is in German but I do believe that children of all nationalities will enjoy this, the production is so vibrant - the costumes and energy so bright and gorgeous. The children in the audience in December were glued to their seats, their calls for 'more' at the end deafening!
At the Gala 21 RhineBuzzers joined the 1,300 that took their seats in the Opera House. Elegant visitors relished in glorious performances, Olesya Golovneva was especially memorable with her amusing performance of Bernstsein's "Glitter and be Gay'.
Martin Schläpfer won new fans once again as members of a wider audience had the pleasure of experiencing four pieces by his magnificent ballet company.
The evening was rounded off by a buffet, so at midnight those that could stay, sat down, met new RhineBuzzers and tucked into variations of pasta & wine & especially gorgeous desserts. The gala dinner upstairs in the Opera House was still going strong as we left at around 1.30am.
Photographs ©Frank Heller, ©Bernd Ahrens and
©Hans Jörg Michel
©Hans Jörg Michel
We were very fortunate that Kerry-Anne O'Brien, a member of the ballet company came to speak with us after the performance. The chance to hear about her work with The Rhine Ballet made the evening very special indeed. Thanks Kerry!
We wish everyone at the Opera House a relaxing and well-deserved summer break. RhineBuzz Opera events will be back in the autumn with newly structured ticket offers so that everyone can enjoy what this marvellous house has to offer us very lucky Düsseldorfers.