Vienna Opera goes (miserably) popmain
We present today’s press release without comment. Only in Vienna and one or two Balkan republics is Eurovision taken straight, without irony.
POP MEETS OPERA
Matinée in the Vienna State Opera
From May 18th to the 23rd, the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Vienna. For this major worldwide television event, that has its 60th anniversary this year, the ORF as the host broadcasters have chosen the slogan “Building Bridges”.
Over a dozen nations will be represented, when the Wiener Staatsoper stays true to this slogan on Sunday 17th May at 12:00 in hosting a matinée where opera stars such as Juan Diego Flórez, ensemble members and musicians of the Wiener Staatsoper in cooperation with Eurovision Song Contest candidates as well as last year’s winner Conchita Wurst will build bridges between genres and different musical cultures: “Pop meets Opera”.
Dominique Meyer, director of the Wiener Staatsoper: “Suitably, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Vienna – popularly dubbed “the world capital of music”. On this occasion we wanted, as the Vienna State Opera, to connect classical and pop music, with the aim to show that even seemingly opposite musical styles complement each other and are equally able to inspire each other’s audience. Thus, representatives of various artistic pillars of the Vienna State Opera – vocal soloists, orchestra, ballet, choral, opera schoolchildren – selected thoroughbred musicians will present themselves at a matinée on the stage of the Vienna State Opera with musical performances of a high level of various genres live and, largely unplugged. It may seem unusual at first glance, but I think it is always better to build bridges rather than to raise walls.”
Alexander Wrabetz, General Director of the ORF: “With this high-caliber matinee, ‘Pop meets Opera’, which the ORF III will be broadcasting on the day during the prime time, we are building – according to our ESC motto, ‘building bridges’ – together with the Vienna State Opera more bridges between people and cultures. When stars like Juan Diego Flórez and Conchita Wurst stand on a stage and sing with each other, the unifying power of music, genres and borders is much more noticeable. I am pleased that we can bring the ORF-footage of this TV event all around the world. In cooperation with our EBU partners, this outstanding cultural television highlight will be offered TV stations worldwide”.
Concert participants: Staatsoper soloists Alessio Arduini (Italy), Daniela Fally (Austria), KS Juan Diego Flórez (Peru/Austria), Aida Garifullina (Russia), Valentina Naforniţă (Moldova), KS Herwig Pecoraro with son Mario Pecoraro (Austria), the solo-dancer of the Wiener Staatsballett Ioanna Avraam (Cyprus), “The Philharmonics” (ensemble with musicians of the Staatsoper Orchestra/Vienna Philharmonic), the “Wiener Comedian Harmonists” (group of singers from Staatsoper Choir), the stage orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper, the children’s choir of the Opera school of the Wiener Staatsoper, the repetiteur and musical studies director Thomas Lausmann, Conchita Wurst, winner of the ESC 2014, as well as five ESC 2015 candidates: Boggie (Hungary), John Karayiannis (Cyprus), Mørland & Debrah Scarlett (Norway), Molly Sterling (Ireland) and Nina Sublatti (Georgia).
Barbara Rett will take us through the event. The leading language will be English because of the international audience.