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Oct 29, 2008

André Rieu in The Semper Opera House ~ True Elegance!

The Curtains Open and There They All Are ... André Included

No 76 trombones, no entry down the aisles, this is a beautiful Opera House and we are in for an evening of true elegance.

They play ‘Ich tanze mit dir in den Himmel hinein’.
Theme of the evening is marriage ~ the bride & groom arrive in a beautiful carriage, and enter the opera house to a standing ovation
and sit in the middle front seats for the whole concert. The Wedding March is played. (Hochzeitsmarsch)

André welcomes the Viennese Debutants. The audience is extremely well
dressed. The bride & groom dance with the Debutantes to Wiener Blut. (The debutants are situated above the orchestra)
André then tells us that he has got a wedding present for them, and there is a scene with him in a porcelain shop, as Dresden is so famous for porcelain. But then 2 ‘porcelain dolls’ arrive on stage (Carmen & Mirusia) they sing ‘Plaisir d’amour.

Now for some fun; Figaro arrives ( Morschi ) , Cord Peters (violin) is dragged onto a seat, where Figaro gives him a shave. (Barber of Seville). The acting was brilliant.
Next up, ‘Ich tanze mit dir in den Himmel..’ again.

Then André introduces the Platin tenors; they sing Tosca ‘ E lucevan Le stelle’. He tells us it the nicest rendition he has ever heard of this piece.

Espagna Cani (eviva espagna) is next, with the debutants dancing in Spanish costumes.
Then Carmen appears in a fabulous red dress and sings a Gypsy piece, can’t remember the name, but you all know it; I think it is on the ‘La vie EST belle DVD from Berlin.


Then the Du & Du Waltz from Die Fledermaus, during which some of the debutants dance in front of the front row of the audience.
From Phantom of the Opera , Mirusia sings ‘Wishing you were somewhere here again’ and then the duet with Morschi , ‘All I ask of you’. This was truly beautiful.

Radetsky, Blue Danube, with the debutants mixing in with the audience. This looked so nice. For encores, Strauss & Co, Adieu mein kleine garde-officier (without soloists, but André was singing with the audience)

And again ... ‘Ich tanze mit dir in den Himmel hinein’ … with the soloists ~ The end


Adele wrote this for us today after watching the concert on ZDF. She also said, "Buy the DVD when it comes out, it's a truly beautiful concert."

Click below to see André and the JSO play the title song with Mirusia singing it: ►André On Carmen Nebel Show

(The four photos are from Andre's Website. You can see all the Dresden photos on there)

10 comments:

Ineke Holland said...

Great report Adele!! We also loved watching the concert in the beautiful Semper Opera in Dresden. You know what I was wondering? Andre introduced Cord as "Cord Meier". I heard mentioning that name before. But on Andre's website, under "music and orchestra" Cord's last name is Peters. Who knows what is right??
Ineke.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Adele for the wonderful article on the Dresden concert. It was very much appreciated and we thoroughly enjoyed it. More than ever, we are now looking forward to the DVD.
John and Bobbie

Anonymous said...

Thank you Adele! What a beautiful concert that must have been. I too am looking foward to the DVD.
Kay

Margaret S said...

Thanks Adele. Rieu-lly looking forward to the new dvd.

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks, Adele, your report just makes me more and more anxious for the DVD. Can't wait!!

Anonymous said...

It was wonderful to be there live.
I loved to see it again on television.
regarding Cord: his real family name seems to be Peters. But André used to give his orchestra members other names also in former times, when they performed any solo parts. for example: Roland Lafosse or even Carla Maffioletti.
Beate

Anonymous said...

Cords family used to be "Meier", but he married some years ago, and it could be Peters now.

Adriana said...

Hello,
I just watched the DVD of Dresden and heard when André introduced Cord as Cord Meier.
I would like to know what is Cord's real name, for he is my favorite JSO member.
Let me know if you have news...
Thank you
Adriana

Anonymous said...

Cord told me recently that his family name is Meyer (however you write that), but used Peters during is marriage. As this marrigae is apparently over (I guess he is with the nice girl at the left from the choir now), he uses his old name again.

Anonymous said...

Think you Cord for this precision.

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