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Or in this case, cosmonauts.*

Why? I really don't get it. There you are, a middle-aged Russian General singing about how your life has been transformed by your new wife, whom you adore, but instead of listening with rapt attention and anguished grief at the one who got away** Bo Skovhus is, quite understandably, staring at the random cosmonaut mannequins on the revolving stage. Given the random ballet dancers, people with sickles and red T-shirts, and vaguely Empire line clad women who are presumably meant to be in a Tolstoy novel, I think that they are meant to be some sort of representatives of Russian culture, but why?

Anyway, it is here:



*Rants about random opera astronauts of the past are here.

**Or rather, the one he didn't care about until she was with someone else, which appears to be the story of Onegin's love life.

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Date: 2017-04-08 07:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
I once went to see Schiller's "Robbers" in Hamburg, and there was a completely pointless tableaux with astronauts part way through.

Though that was still less bizarre than the prologue, which consisted of random chunks of TS Eliot translated into German... Admittedly, "Robbers" is a hard play to stage, but it really didn't help - German theatre is really rather tiresome at times.
Edited Date: 2017-04-08 07:02 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-04-09 05:58 pm (UTC)
tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
Indeed. Though opera isn't necessarily safe either - I remember a massive row at Bayreuth when the director decided to replace the dove which descends on Parsifal with a dead rabbit strung up in a noose, but at least they are unlikely to jam in a random bit of Kylie, so if the worst comes to the worst you can shut your eyes and just listen.

On the Hamburg occasion, I was sitting in front of a class of A-Level students, and occasionally heard their teacher hissing "Schiller didn't write that bit!" at them during the sillier moments.

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Date: 2017-04-08 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] caulkhead
I don't think I've ever seen an opera with random outbreaks of astronauts*. I am feeling rather shortchanged now.

*I emphatically do not count the musical we did at middle school, in which I played a Black Hole.

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Date: 2017-04-09 09:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] antisoppist
Everybody keeps turning round! Is it all supposed to symbolise the eternal turning of the years? Rather than the cosmonauts, and the ballerina and the bear (you did not mention the bear) actually bursting into "If you could turn back time".

Having investigated, I am relieved not to be translating Pushkin and his innovative and deeply meaningful Russian rhyme scheme.

Have you read the Eva Ibbotson short story where all the Russians are doomed and bewailing their fates and the English governess eventually has enough of all the tragedy and tells them all they don't actually have to do the things they don't want to do that they believe are their destiny and could do something else instead? It's great. But this sort of sensible approach would destroy all opera in Act 1.
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