A spectacular event took place at the Staatsoper when pop met opera. Conchita herself and other ESC singers joined this matinee with popular opera singers in the opera house. This special event has been hosted by the popular Barbara Rett, who is also commenting the New Year’s concert from the Musikverein. Unfortunately, Placido Domingo has withdrawn due to illness.
A spectacular event took place at the Staatsoper when pop met opera. Conchita herself and other ESC singers joined this matinee with popular opera singers in the opera house. This special event has been hosted by the popular Barbara Rett, who is also commenting the New Year’s concert from the Musikverein. Unfortunately, Placido Domingo has withdrawn due to illness. Nevertheless Juan Diego Flórez, Alessio Arduini, Daniela Fally, Aida Garifullina, Valeninta Nafornita, Herweg Peccoraro, Mario Pecorarao, Thomas Lausmann, Ionna Avraam, The Philharmonics, Wiener Comedian Harmonists, Stage Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper and the Chorus of the Opera School for Children joined this unique event.
This truly entertainment started with “Gloria” performed by Pecaroaro & Pecoraro, which was very well received. Then the presentation of the contributions were made in variety, from “O mio babbino caro” to “Veronika, der Lenz ist da” and “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”.
The Eurovision participant Molly Sterling from Ireland sang “Build Fireworks Again” – not her ESC entry at the grand piano, John Karayiannis from Cyprus sang his ESC entry “One Thing I Should Have Done” together with Ionna Avraam. A stunning performance was also done by the Norwegian participants Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, as they sang their “A Monster Like Me” accompanied by the string quartet The Philharmonics. This was pure goose bumps! Boggie from Hungary performed her peace song “Wars For Nothing” together with the Childrens choir in a very touching way. The doubtful highlight of these many highlights was the appearance of Conchita Wurst! She sang “Rise like a Phoenix” accompanied by The Philharmonics. Later she said that this was the most touching moments after winning the ESC, as it was pure live music and she felt so honoured to sing in that established opera house.
Juan Diego Flórez is was not only singing opera, he took a guitar and played “Besame Mucho” and it was a fantastic atmosphere. At the end all the performers were singing “Libiame ne’ lieti calici” from Verdi’s opera “La Traviata”.
Thanks for this unique event. This should proof that music is building bridges and it should be done more often!
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