|Il barbiere di Siviglia ©Hans Jörg Michel|
The German Opera on the Rhein re-opens its season in Düsseldorf again this evening after the extension of the orchestra pit with a spectacular weekend of three premieres.
On Friday December 2 we will be treated to a sold out performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia. On Saturday December 3 Martin Schläpfer will baffle with b.10, including a technicolour delight I have already seen in Duisburg, and on Sunday December 4 the three days will close with a much anticipated premiere of Carmen, which has also been sold out for quite some time now!
The extension of the orchestra pit has made an enormous difference to the acoustic of the house. Axel Kober, conductor of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, confessed at the press conference that one of his predecessors at the DoR had warned him on congratulating him on his new post a few years ago that he would not, in all honesty, have great joy with his orchestra in this house as the space for the orchestra was somewhat cramped.
Now however, with an extra 23 square meters the sound of the instruments is much freer and more easily definable. Axel Kober is delighted with the new pit as was Lord Mayor Elbers at the opening of the house a couple of weeks ago.
|The new, much improved orchestra pit ©Susanne Diesner|
RhineBuzz will be visiting the opera again on December 11 when we see b.10. We have just a few discounted seats remaining in the stalls. Please contact us at email@example.com if you'd like to join us.
I'm greatly looking forward to seeing this piece again and am indeed full of anticipation of the two operas I will experience this weekend.