A Norwegian Adaptation
This production is set on a Norwegian coast, instead of in Russia. This fact alone brings the opera closer to its audience. You can easily imagine the northern landscape; wet, slippery, grey, and slightly eerie (just wait till you see the bride to be.) Plus, there's 800 kilos of fish used, but don't worry, it doesn't come with the smell.
The Norwegian National Opera Chorus
They just never fail to impress. Vocally on point at all times, the opera chorus is just as much convincing as drunken wedding attendees or as freezing prisoners. They never look awkward or out of place. Two thumbs up! #ascornyasitsounds
The brass ensemble on stage
My brother plays the trumpet, and my dad, the flugelhorn, so my appreciation for brass ensembles was probably drilled in my DNA ages ago. I'm extremely satisfied that they were actual musicians playing on stage (dressed school girl looking uniforms and Sia blond wigs, which adds to the humoristic side of the opera) and not supernumeraries pretended to know what they're doing. During these moments, the expressionism of Shostakovich's music is front and center, and you are surrounded by it. âââ
Three performances left of Lady Macbeth fra Mtsensk at Den Norske Opera. April 5th, 9th, and 15th. Tickets still available at operaen.no.