Posted on 30 Aug 2011
From 25 to 27 August, Flanders Opera was a guest at the Edinburgh International Festival. Over a very short period, the entire production, including choir and orchestra, were moved to the Scottish city. After just one rehearsal Semiramide was performed twice for the general public to enthusiastic acclaim.
Guests at the première included vice minister-president of the Flemish government Geert Bourgeois and the English secretary of culture.
“In a well-matched cast, the highlights are the duets, particularly between mezzo Hadar Halévy's Arsace and Myrtò Papatanasiu's Semiramide, who flings off her fiendish coloratura with ease (...) Alberto Zedda keeps things moving in the pit - the Vlaamse Opera Orchestra are excellent.” - Scotland on Sunday, 28/8.
“A fantastic, over-the-top production, with singin and orchestral music worthy of this epic melodrama. (..) The orchestra, lead by conductor Alberto Zedda, triumphs througout. The chorus was mind-blowing, innovative and powerful. (...) If you are an opera newcomer, this one will hook you for life.” - Three Weeks, 29/8.
“An astonishingly powerful level of singing told the musical story well with each piece ebbing and flowing appropriately, catching the audience up in its relaxing and elegant embrace. (...) As a piece of beautiful performance, both musically and visually, it is well worth the lengthy experience (...)” - Edinburgh International Festival Review, 27/8.
“Myrto Papatanasiu, pitching the title role somewhere between Marilyn Monroe and Pippa Middleton, was undaunted by the intricacies of her music. (...) Semiramide has splendid choruses, finely presented by the Belgian company – not least when the horn music from the overture returned as a vocal ensemble. ” - Herald Scotland, 29/8.