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Premiere at the National Opera House in Bucharest

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 , ora 11.33
The story of the princess Turandot from the same opera by Giacomo Pucinni will be brought to life onto the Bucharest Opera House, in a totally new mise-en-scene. The premiere of the concerto-show, scheduled for the evening of June 26th 2010, has caused a press conference at the institution's headquarters.

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".

Alexandra Cebuc
Translated by Țone Monica Cristina, Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University