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Premiere at the National Opera House in Bucharest
Among those who answered the journalists' questions were Cătălin Ionescu-Arbore, the manager of the National Opera House in Bucharest, conductor Tiberiu Soare, director Ștefan Neagrău and also some of the performers that make up the two casts : sopranos Mariana Zvetkova from Bulgaria, Silvia Sorina Munteanu, Crina Zancu and Turkish tenor Efe Kislali. What is different about this version related to the opera in concerto and the traditional show ? The difference is that it is situated at the frontier between the two genres, with the focal point on the music. The concerto-show has minimal setting elements, completed with video projections that express and transform the relations between the characters. As the manager of the institution Mr. Cătălin Ionescu-Arbore said about this original version of Giacomo Puccini's opera : "the sound becomes the central element replacing the visual" and "the conductor is very important in the mise-en-scene of the show".
Translated by Țone Monica Cristina, Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University