Carmina Burana

Jan Leeming

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Date: 24th January 2009


Ooops!  Very nearly missed the performance at the O2.  Stupidly I hadn't looked at the tickets for the performance time assuming that it would be around 7.00.  Then when I reached my son's flat at 3.00 pm, we looked at the tickets and to our horror saw that the performance commenced at 4.00 pm.  Although it was my fault for not checking, the booking clerk didn't even mention this abnormally early performance time.  There was no way we could get from Ealing Broadway to the O2 in time.  Then Jonathan checked on the Internet (God Bless it) and saw that there was a Verdi Concert first, then an interval and Carmina actually started at 5.10 pm - so we did manage to get there in time but sadly I haven't got a programme and after the show, they were sold out so I can't give any name credits to anyone.

The opening was incredibly dramatic with a Drum beat coming from the back of the Auditorium, then gradually we saw shadowy figures process down the aisles.  They were dressed in a kind of mediaeval costume and were  carrying flaming torches and I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this procession of the Chorus took over 5 minutes with the Drum beat getting louder and louder.

It's very difficult to explain Carmina Burana so I would suggest that you look it up on the Internet.  Basically the songs vary widely in style and subject matter.  They include themes on religion, political satire, drinking songs and both serious and bawdy love songs.

It was a spectacle and I'm glad that I saw it but I'm not sure it was worth the ticket money.  To me, Carmina Burana is basically about the music so I'd probably be just as happy sitting at home and listening to it. 

It's one of the few things that I admired about the Russians - in the old days the Arts were for all and ticket prices were kept reasonable.  How often have I been to the Theatre, Ballet, Opera and seen the Corporate boxes predominantly full of folk who are there for the hospitality and not for the Oeuvre.  The theatre is expensive enough but the tickets for Ballet and Opera go off the Richter scale if you want a decent seat.

Enough - must rush.  Am going back to my beloved Capetown and already my friend Doreen has booked tickets for five different shows - all at a fraction of the cost that one would pay in the UK  and with standards second to none.

Take care.  A Bientot - Jan

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