Opera on Water.. by the Queen’s Palace.

Hey there.. I’m back again. This time I wanna share my experience of watching an Opera On Water. No, I don’t mean performing on a Stage on some Water. I really mean performing on and at some point in and under the water of the pond of  Soestdijk Palace (Queen’s Palace) situated in the heart of the province of Utrecht.  This is not something I’ve come across and I was totally enchanted by the performance.

The performance was also performed using the Queen’s Palace as a back drop. It is in my opinion very special and totally enchanting. The Mother of Queen Beatrix of Netherlands used to live in this Palace. The Palace is now open to the public for visit on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.For more information on the Palace Tour, you can check out this website : http://www.paleissoestdijk.nl

Back Drop of the Stage – The Queen’s Palace

The Title of the Opera that we watched was  Orfeo Ed Euridice. It is a musical place and the opera was sung in Italian. Although they have a book explaing the different Act, they were in Dutch. So, I’ve googled on my wonderful Iphone for the exact meaning of each ACT of the opera.

Orfeo Ed Euridice is an opera composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck and it is one of his most popular work. The story is based on Orfeo who loses his wife, Euridice, when she died. He mourn for her death by singing around her tomb. And then, Amore (cupid) appears, telling Orfeo that he may go to the Underworld and return with his wife on the condition that he not look at her until they are back on earth.

Orfeo accepted the quest and the next act was the tribulations while he travels to the underworld and back. After Orfeo rescue his wife Euridice and on the way out of Hades, Euridice is delighted to be returning to earth, but Orfeo, remembering the condition related by Amore in Act I, lets go of her hand and refusing to look at her, does not explain anything to her. She does not understand his action and reproaches him, but he must suffer in silence.

Entrance to the Underworld.

Euridice takes this to be a sign that he no longer loves her, and refuses to continue, concluding that death would be preferable. She sings of her grief at Orfeo’s supposed infidelity in the aria.

Orfeo facing his back upon Euridice.

Unable to take any more, Orfeo turns and looks at Euridice; again, she dies. Orfeo decides he will kill himself to join Euridice in Hades, but Amore returns to stop him.  In reward for Orfeo’s continued love, Amore returns Euridice to life, and she and Orfeo are reunited.

Euridice returning to underworld.

The other Ghost surrounding

The original story of this Opera written by Gluck was that Orfeo dies when he could not save Euridice and supposely a very sad romantic love story. Somewhat like Romeo and Juliet. The story was edited and altered to end it with Happy Ending. I suppose the new age view of a love story is preferably a Happy one.

Anyway, I enjoyed the play very much. This must be one of the most spectacular performance I’ve seen so far. The effect of the nature, the exploding with fumes during Orfeo entrance to the underworld put so much reality within. I’ve never felt so real with an opera like this one! Bravo! Quite honestly, I will be quite happy to watch it the 2nd time.

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