In the settlement St. Margarethen (Austria), only about 50 km from Vienna is a 2-thousand-years old Roman quarry of Leitha limestone. Stone from this quarry was used in the construction of St. Stephen's Cathedral and other buildings in Vienna.
Every summer, it is the venue for an open air opera, which has a fantastic reputation. Open air stage is the largest natural stage in Europe. During the summer come artists of different countries here. Last summer it was opera LA TRAVIATA
and this summer it is
by Giuseppe Verdi. The performance was as usual gorgeous...
It tells the tale of a middle aged hunch-backed court Jester, employed by the overly licentious Duke of Mantova, who is overly protective of his only daughter, Gilda. Poor Rigoletto gets a curse on him, his daughter was kidnapped. Rigoletto swears vengeance on the Duke.
The aria "Povero RIGOLETTO" superbly express is sorrow.
believemenot wrote on Aug 11, '09
A Fabulous scenery for a great opera!
Absolutely loved it, pictures and music..and I would give anything to have the chance to be there!
robbekop wrote on Aug 11, '09
Welcome back Viera -- and well done -- this is really a nice piece of work you have added here --- thanks for sharing :-)
jashheifetz saidI have special feelings towards this beautiful master piece,
dear Vart...mee too... That master piece of Verdi is my favourite...Verdi expressed so fantastic sorrow and love as well... My deep sympathy due to your father....
I'm always looking forward do attended this performance...Hugs and love...
michaelmichoo saidthanks for sharing!
It is my pleasure Michael...That is my favourite Verdi's opera and I use always the possibility to visit the open air performance in St. Marghariten. I've had some troubles with slide show...hope that you could see it...Have a nice weekend...
jashheifetz wrote on Aug 8, '09, edited on Aug 8, '09
one of the most beautiful "arias" ever written by G. Verdi.
I had the pleasure of being part of several orchestras
in the interpretation of this opera
in the first violin section, and eventually as concertmaster.
I have special feelings towards this beautiful master piece,
it was also my father's favourite (and you coincidentally played it)
this day August the 8th which is the anniversary of his passing away.
thank you Viera