Montag, 29. Oktober 2007

Bodo Wartke, Der Freischütz, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

A lot of things to tell:

1. Bodo Wartke

Last friday (Oct 19th) me and my room mate Jule went to see the German comedian Bodo Wartke. We knew that it was sold out, but as it were only 2 mins on foot to where he would perform, we decided to try it anyway. We got the last 2 seats! smile_shades

Bodo performed his new program "Noah war ein Archetyp" which I hadn't seen before and from which I only new a few songs. It is sooo good! Germans: Go and see it! (Or at least: visit his page and watch the videos there or on YouTube, especially the Ödipus-Episodes! They are so hilarious and clever at the same time...)

I can't wait until Nov 5th, when his new CD will be published. But it can't bring back the atmosphere of the show... So I will have to go again smile_teeth!

2. Der Freischütz - premiere

Then, on saturday Oct 20th, there was the premiere of Carl Maria von Weber's "Der Freischütz", a German opera.

I hadn't seen this opera before, although I had wanted to see it since we talked about it in music lessons at school in year 7 or so.

It could have been better, but as it was the first time for me, I can't really compare. Plus, the production is rather traditional. I also took 2 of my friends there, who had never before seen an opera or listen to classical music. And - they liked it! They want to come again! smile_regular

Max, having missed in a shooting competition

Kaspar convinces Max to go with him to the "Wolfsschlucht" (= wolf's gorge) and make magic bullets.

Pictures by Klaus Lefebvre.

3. Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (& birthday smile_wink)

As it was my birthday last saturday (Oct 27th), I had to celebrate somehow. I decided to make the party in the night before, so that my room mate could celebrate with me as she goes home every weekend. It was a nice party with people from the house.

On my birthday itself, I went to the opera - again smile_wink. Because on this day, star tenor José Cura performed in Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci. (Yes, 2 operas, but they're both short, so they're mostly performed together.)

It was amazing! Alls the singers made a great performance. José Cura was really, really good. At the end, there were many Bravos and even standing ovations. Wow!!!!! smile_omg

A great birthday! smile_regular

José Cura and Dalia Schaechter (Cavalleria Rusticana)

Bruno Caproni, Ausrine Stundyte, José Cura (Pagliacci)

Pictures: Klaus Lefebvre.

Samstag, 6. Oktober 2007

1st FSJ Kultur - Seminar in Bochum

(=Voluntary Social Year in Culture)

This week (1st-5th October) I was on the 1st seminar I have to attend during this year.

I was quite excited as I knew nearly no one there except one guy I had met several times in Heidelberg before.

After arriving in Bochum central station, I was waiting for the tram there to get to the house where the seminar would be. There, two girls came over to me and asked if I was one of the FSJ people. Another girl, who had been waiting right behind me, also joined us. When we had to get of the tram, we heard another two girls talking about the seminar. We had to switch from tram to bus, and there were about 10 more waiting for the bus who also wanted to get to the seminar. All of them were very nice at first sight.

At the seminar, it was simply great. We were about 45 volunteers, and no matter with whom you were talking or put into a group, you could talk with everyone. On the first day, everyone was chatting, finding out, where the others work and what experiences the already had made.

Erverybody had a "secret friend", someone from the group you had to be especially friendly to - secretly, of course.

On tuesday, I was in a wokshop where we learned a lot about working on projects because every volunteer has to do a project during this year. It was a lot of theory, of course, but we knew what we will need it for, so it was ok. The evening was party again - mainly meaning chatting and drinking wine smile_regular.

On wednesday, we had to make a flower rosefor our secret friend and send it to him secretly. The workshop was a theater workshop, which was a lot of fun. I can't remember when I laughed that much before. We did improvisations etc. In the evening, many people did a impro-show, they were playing for about 2 hours! smile_omg clap

On thursday, we had to write a letter to our secret friends and give them a little present. During the day, we explored the Ruhr area, a former heavy industry area. Each group vistited one site, some of them are part of the UNESCO heritage. I was in the group that visited the Gasometer in Oberhausen.

The Gasometer

The ceiling inside the Gasometer - beautiful!

  The Namib desert from space

In the evening, we presented our results. We couldn't believe that this week was already over...

On friday morning, we had to guess who had been our secret friend during the week. Some were quite fast, but there were enough who didn't have any idea.

The trip home was a bit complicated because the Deutsche Bahn (German Railway company) striked... I was happy when I was at home because I was really tired...

I'm really looking forward to seeing them all again!

Le nozze di Figaro - premiere

Last saturday, 29th September, there was the first premiere in the Cologne Opera.

I was really excited, like everybody in the opera. The atmosphere was really amazing.

That evening, I was (with others, of course) responsible for the press. It was really exciting.

When the opera started, I went to my seat and enjoyed it. It was great!

Orla Boylan as Countess Almaviva

Leandro Fischetti as Figaro