Opera on Ice - Arena di Verona, Italy - Oct. 1, 2011 & Sept. 22, 2012

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  1. jiggs

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    Cool, I think it's definetely worth it! I haven't seen it in theatre but on TV and I thought they did quite a good job capturing the magic that was there. Of course, it was much better live (I am lucky enough to see it again live on Saturday :)), but the film was really good too. It has been shown in quite a few countries since May, you can see it on the buttom of the site below:
    http://www.nexodigital.it/2/id_220/Opera-On-Ice.asp

    Also, this is a really nice backstage clip of the show, including insights in how they built the rink in the old arena, how the stage was set up, practices for the show and other snapshots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsv5EtNv760

    Some news:
    Steph & Caro at the press conference yesterday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsmSq3Eg3yQ&feature=youtu.be&a

    Apparently the official press conference is today, followed by a public training. Also, this year is the first time that costumes were designed exclusively for the show by a local company.
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    Thanks Jiggs - I am planning on going to see it on Sunday. Someone saw it today and thought it was fantastic.

    The disappointing thing it is only on limited release and the times are not necessarily the best for people (11.30am).
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    Went and saw the film today. Really good. Love Stephane's performances. C&L were also really good.
  8. jiggs

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    Glad you enjoyed it!

    Last night's show was great too - I will try to write down some impressions later on when I have more time. Found some videos from last night:

    Carolina & Stephane duet to "Romeo & Juliet": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqEC6OLkmJ4

    Stephane to "La Traviata": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JKo0nPUWs

    Hope there will be more soon. I'd love to see some HQ photos too, the costumes were made especially for this evening and were really beautiful, especially the ladies' dresses!
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    Caros and Stephanes duet to Romeo and Juliet is to die for! :swoon::swoon::swoon:
    Thatnks for posting it, jiggs! I also hope we´ll get some more viedos!
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    I'd love to see this film, and I've just found out there's a new Palace Cinema opening in Canberra and will be showing it. But not until late 2012 and I'll probably be gone by then :(
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    Really?! Where? When?!
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    It's going to be in some new development called NewActon Nishi or something like that, but all I could find out is the cinema will open late 2012. I just googled palace Cinemas Canberra.
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    Bravo! Brava! What a magnificent idea! Some of the most beautiful music imaginable finally presented as operatic roles on ice! I love it!
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  18. jiggs

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    Finally have time to write down some impressions from the show.

    First of all, "Opera on Ice" sets itself apart from all other ice shows just because it takes place in the "Arena di Verona". It is such a great location with so much history and cultural heritage ... this combined with live orchestra, opera singers, a choir and some of the best skaters in the world guarantee a magical night. Big thumbs up to the organizers for having the guts to carry out a production of this dimension.

    What I really didn't like about the show was that there was a lot of talking involved. There seemed to be more talking than skating honestly. I know that this was done for TV cuts and everything, but it was really annoying and far too much. The two commentators seemed as if they were in a talk show, an Italian one at that, so you can imagine what it was like ;) I can hardly unterstant Italian so it was even more boring. It definitely took away some magic from the show and kind of always interrupted the flow of things. Funny sidenote: they interviewed Speedy at one point of the show and he looked and sounded SO DRUNK lol :40beers: He consistently stumbled over words and talked very slowly. We all looked at each other and were like: "He has got to be drunk". I dunno what was really up with him but it was :yikes:

    This year was the first time that costumes were made especially for the show. I was pleasently surprised by them - especially the girls' costumes were lovely and they suited the show very well. The only costumes I could've done without were the men's pharao "skirts" for the finale to "Aida" (but at least we girls got some extra eyecandy haha).

    The choreography for the opening and final was done by Salome Brunner and I thought she did a nice job. They included some local skating kids from the surrounding areas in those numbers and they were super cute. Apparently the organizers of the show also aim to get more younger people into figure skating and opera, hence the kids.

    The highlight of the show for me was Carolina & Stéphane's duet to "Romeo & Juliet". I thought they did such a good job and were lovely to watch. Carolina couldn't seem to stop smiling and obviously enjoyed the experience a lot. Stéphane was very focused on her, he looked as if he didn't want to take his eyes off her. They said before the show that they have been close friends for such a long time and they hope that the audience in the arena will sense this connection. I certainly did and thought their duet was charming. Here are two pretty good fancam versions:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBFuSRqA5SU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqEC6OLkmJ4

    Second highlight for me was Italy's synchronized team "Hot Shivers" skating to Nabucco's "Va' pensiero". I am not a fan of synchronized skating and was always very bored when I saw teams perform at previous galas (sorry!) but this number was very beautiful. Part of the reason might be that I find "Va' pensiero" to be one of the most beautiful opera songs and it was performed excellently live by the orchestra and the choir. Also, in contrast to the other skaters (Carolina in particular), I found that the team actually benefited from a smaller rink. It made their patterns much more impressive and they suited the music very well. Found a video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3I0oak0eAE

    Stéphane skated a solo program to music from "La Traviata" and a shorter version to "Wilhelm Tell" (pretty much the part of his final step sequence). He also had and appearance in the beginning of Carolina's Trovatore. Everything he does is done so well - it's as if whatever music you give him, he will make this music HIS music and interpret it 100%. Gotta love him and I hope he keeps skating at shows for much longer. Here are fancam vids of his performances:
    Wilhelm Tell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYPcBqAJdhU
    La Traviata: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JKo0nPUWs
    Interview (he speaks Italian well!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR_Neq3g50c

    Carolina's solo program was skated to music of "Trovatore". I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other programs - I think she is much better with softer and slower music and that her personality and skating is too subtle, gentle and smooth for Trovatore. Maybe it was also the fact that the rink was too small - her movements are so big, it looked a little bit like she was trying to skate "smaller" to be able to fit everything into that rink. She did two beautiful 2axels though and also skated an encore.

    Evgeni was the star of the night and I had the feeling the organizers wanted it to be this way. He really rocked the house and whether you like his skating or not, he really knows how to perform. Jumps and presentation were spot on and he looked so confident. He had a lot of fans in the arena and seemed to be very grateful to be part of the show.
    Habanera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeDVCJLs5sM
    La Donne e mobile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsGvnogvmRk

    Aliona & Robin skated only one program to "Interludio" from Romeo & Juliet and I thought they were stunning. They did a perfect 3throw salchow which was pretty impressive considering the size of the rink! Lovely lifts and skating skills, I can't wait to see what they come up with this season.

    Shizuka opened the show with her program to "Turandot". I have never seen her skate live and really liked her - she is very light on the ice (much more than she looks on TV) and has exquisite movements and positions that she holds very well. Her second program to Madame Butterfly was lovely too. Jumps looked super secure (she did 3toes and 2axels).

    That's it! I hope there will be more photos and videos soon. The entire show will be broadcast on Italian TV some time before Christmas and I think another film is planned to be released in cinemas next year.
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  19. lala

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    Thx for the report! You are right, in Italy Evgeni is the biggest figure skater star.
    Since 31. 12. 2011. he had 8!!!! shows in Italy. And he will perform on Golden Skate Awards, in Torino next month. Torino go crazy for him since 2005 European Championships. No one like him.
    one more home video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlnOVLC8S2M
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  20. lauravvv

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    Thank you very much or your impressions! But what about Cappellini/Lanotte? Were they so unnoticable that you forgot about them right away :D? Or you simply don't/didn't like them?
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    OMG! That Kostner/Lambiel duet to R&J is the most.charming.thing.EVER!! These two should just start an ice dance team together NOW.
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  22. alilou

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    ^^^ Yes, isn't it beautiful. :swoon: both of them! :swoon:
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    They skated to Amami Alfredo (La Traviata) in the first half. Anna was wearing a red dress and at the beginning she was dancing next to a table (because the character is writing at that moment). Then Luca arrived and they started to dance together. IMO that song was very difficult to interpret because the Opera singers were not just singing, but talking too, and Anna and Luca could portray with their body movements and facial expressions every single word that the singers were saying. If you don't spek Italian, I recommend you to first read the lyrics of the song and then watch their video.
    In the second half they skated to Cavatina di Figaro (Barbiere di Siviglia). Luca was the barber, of course. He interpreted the part very well. At the beginning he was alone, dancing and interpreting the character. Then other skaters (the barber's clients) arrived, he asked them if they needed anything from him and they all refused his services. Then Anna came, wearign a beautiful white dress. She started to play with Luca (if you go further you can see other photos of their performance). Also in this song there are parts where the singer is just talking and not singing, and again, Anna and Luca were able to portray on the ice every single word. Luca was great in interpreting Figaro, and you could tell that Anna loved performing wearing those gorgeous costumes, which IMO helped her getting into the part even more.
    My favourite costume is the second one, they both look SO elegant :)
  24. jiggs

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    Oooops, no I like them a lot and I have no idea why I forgot about them in my report ... sorry! Pingu summarized their programs really well. They looked beautiful and the costumes were cool. I sat at the side of the rink so it was hard to interpret their facial expressions as they were mostly facing the front of the crowd. But their skating was beautiful no matter what!
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    Thank you for the detailed an wonderful description :). Only I am not allowed to view the photos on the Facebook page for some reason.
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    Oh, it's nothing. Probably I was being a bit too mean :D - although not intentionally. Thank you :).
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    Thanks so much for all material from this show!

    Oh my, Carolina and Stephane were really awesome in their single skating and in duet, WOW! The way they feel the music is outstanding.
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    Fabulous costumes!
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    I meant Evgeni, yes. He looked and sounded grateful to be part of the show!
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    Of course, like everybody who was performer on the show. I think he was very polite. You know, he was invited in last year, too, but he was injured in last autumn. As you can see he has so many fans in Italy, the organizers knew it, of course.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW4WQQhHjdQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVSRd8E28Go

    beautiful pics:

    http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/kkfksenia/album/189771/
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    I don't know. Yes, that was so beautiful show in beautiful historical place. I was in Verona and in the Arena, but with the skating show it would be an incredible trip.
  37. kittyjake5

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    Thanks to everyone for their reports, photos and videos. The music, the arena and of course the skaters and singers were so lovely and fabulous.
  38. pingu

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    The first link has a few pictures of Plushenko, the second has hundreds of pictures (that's where I took the pics of Anna and Luca) and it would be impossible to link every single picture. I can link some of them, if you want.
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    thank you. It would be nice to get some great shot of Carolina if you can, but otherwise it's ok. I already got many links from all of you