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Ruxandra Donose at the Ravinia Festival
You have recently returned from the
It was a wonderful experience, because I had the immense joy of being in the presence of a cast with high-class colleagues, but also within the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which, maybe along with the Cleveland Orchestra – with whom I also performed – is one of the best symphony orchestras in
The festival you took
part in takes place between July and September and brings on stage great
artists of classical music, but also well-known names of pop music. How do you
find this combination and what is the audience of such a festival like?
Ravinia has already had a faithful audience that comes in great number. This festival reminded me somehow of the Glyndebourne Festival, although this comparison is not complete. What reminded me of Glyndebourne is that the space in which the events take place disposes, on the one hand, of a closed theatre – Martin Theater – of small scale in America, having only 850 to 900 seats. From our European point of view, but also from the point of view of Mozart’s operas, it is the perfect scale. Next to this theatre there is an enormous pavilion, an open-air stage, but roofed. The theatre and the outdoor stage are surrounded by a splendid park, where every one can have a picnic or perform other outdoor activities. Since the park is fitted with high-quality loudspeakers, one can listen to the concerts and the shows performed indoors. Our Cosi fan tuttewas listened to by people outdoors; so, you can be an indoor spectator, by paying a more expensive price, and an outdoor spectator, on the lawn, at a cheaper price. There are various ways of enjoying this reunion dedicated to music. And, of course, the audience may vary: from opera to musical, jazz, pop, chamber music recitals, vocal recitals. It is, indeed, a very complex programme, yet Ravinia enjoys a important reputation and the audience is always numerous.
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Translated by Mirona Palas and Andreea Velicu
MA Students, MTTLC, Bucharest University