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by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
January 24, 2007
From journal Happy New Year, Vienna!
April 1, 2006
From journal Vienna - City of Music and Culture
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
December 19, 2004
A modern building of Volksoper that has no remarkable features is located in the 9th quarter away from all the major sightseeing. You can get here by metro (line U6) or tram (40, 41 or 42). The metro station is across the street. Inside the opera house looks very nice with a large stage curtain that shows various mythological scenes and looks like a tapestry. There are several large modern chandeliers, purple velvet seats and purple Damascus walls on the floor and 4 levels of loggias on the left and right, as well as two balconies. Some seats on the floor are behind a column, but the columns are very narrow so you can see everything that’s happening on the stage. The ushers are somewhat arrogant, and cloak-room costs money.
We were here to see Mozart’s opera "Don Giovanni". The opera was a blast, even though it was in German without the subtitles. The comedy of Leporello, the drama of women’s arias, the attempt at dealing with fast changes of decoration in baroque theater by using curtain and parts of stage, the baroque rulladas and the final scene when Don Giovanni goes to hell – the opera was great. The singers had really very good voices and it was a very entertaining event. Very well done. The singer who was playing the part of Don Giovanni is a tall handsome blond Austrian, very much unlike the stereotype of the opera singers, but most definitely a perfect fit for the part.
From journal Travels in Austria - Vienna