Last night we saw a triple bill at the Vienna State Opera house. I am not an expert, so please bear that in mind.... it was really a great evening. ‘Concerto’ ‘Eden|Eden’ and ‘Marguerite and Armand’. First thing I have to say is that the orchestra was superb. I think the music in ROH has improved a lot over the last 3 or 4 years but this was to my ear really a notch above.
The dancing was beautiful. I was really impressed by Nikita Fogo, Nina Polokává, Roman Lazik in ‘Concerto’. The corps was outstanding too. The ‘Marguerite and Armand’ was odd. Fantastic music with a Japanese pianist, and we were knocked out by that. But the piece is strange I think. I’ve seen it once before and somehow it seems to leave me cold. That said the dancers again were as good as any I’ve seen: Ludmilla Konvalova and Jakob Feyferlik, who was really well cast as well as being wonderfully passionate and athletic.
It was also interesting to see the theatre itself. The auditorium is probably a bit smaller than Covent Garden, and not as plush. But some of the public areas are stunning, despite being furnished and catered in a faintly municipal style. Although tickets are expensive I ge5 the impression the money is spent on Theda ding and the music, not on creating a ‘Wonderful Customer Experience’. Maybe they don’t ge5 as many corporate buyers of tickets in Vienna.
I’d thoroughly recommend it. Sold out on a cold Monday in November, with a fairly challenging programme, so a good audience.