City of love is waiting for Opera on Ice
By Vladislav Luchianov
After the grand success of last year, Opera on Ice comes again to the famous Italian Arena di Verona on September 22.
Given the success of this event in 2011, the organizers are planning to surprise the audience, which will come from the different parts of the world, with even more diverse creativity.
Last year, the Opera on Ice was regarded by many as a real challenge to all people of Verona. This city is famous not only as the city of love, but also as one of the greatest historical and cultural places of the traditional European civilization. In this respect, Verona has always been conservative to all innovations.
But the Opera on Ice organizers have shown that it is possible to perfectly combine the great historical spirit of the Arena di Verona with the opera music and figure skating, which is also notable by its classical cultural traditions.
It should be noted that the list of participants as well as possible corresponds to the spirit of this event: the World and four-time European champion Carolina Kostner; Olympic gold and two-time silver medalist as well as three-time World and seven-time European champion Evgeni Plushenko; two-time World champion and Olympic silver medalist Stéphane Lambiel; Olympic and World champion Shizuka Arakawa; multiple World and European champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy and many others.
During the event will be performed arias from such operas as Aida, Nabucco, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Romeo and Juliet and Rigoletto. It is also noteworthy that the Opera on Ice will open a new opera season in the city of Verona.
Another important factor of this event is that this ice show promotes traditional European culture and its values. This is very rare in our times when various politicians do everything possible to ensure that the European society has forgotten its real traditions. It would be very desirable that such performances were held more often and in different cities.
Opera on Ice 2012 – Promo
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