Opera in the Street

RichardRichard Mildly bemusedMadrid, SpainAdministrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,451 moderator
edited February 24, 2008 in Street and Documentary
The Madrid Opera held a fun event last weekend. They had small stages set up around a large plaza and on each stage they enacted short bits from various works by Mozart. It was mobbed with people, but I managed to get a few clear shots. These are my favorites:
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Hope you like them. C&C always welcome.

Cheers,

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  • IcebearIcebear Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,015 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    All fantastic shots, but my fav is the first. Such a startling anachronism, the 18th century rich girl, all dolled up for the masked ball, with a shoulder tatoo!!
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  • Frog LadyFrog Lady See, I'm really not green Registered Users Posts: 1,091 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    crisp, fun shots Richard. You got some great facial expressions.thumb.gif It's interesting though, all the somewhat garish make-up and close ups with foam around the hair/hats really make me wonder at the illusion they are trying to create when you view the people from a distance.

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  • AgnieszkaAgnieszka Photoshopping ... Between Denver and BostonRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 3,263 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    FANTASTIC shots!!clap.gif
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    Nice work, Richard, as always! thumb.gif
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  • VisitalVisital Beginner Grinner Registered Users Posts: 25 Big grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    Great Shots. The second one is my favorite.
  • JimWJimW Major grins Registered Users Posts: 333 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    I think opera is so bizarre. My favorites are 1-2-4-5. Good job getting these in such a crowd. Thanks for sharing Richard.

    Were there tattoos in Mozarts' day?

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  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainAdministrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,451 moderator
    edited February 23, 2008
    Thanks so much for the kind words, everyone. I do appreciate it.

    I have no idea if there were tattoos in Mozart's day, but I'm pretty sure there weren't any sleeveless tops. What went on in the hidden corners of the Royal Courts of the day probably wasn't too different from the lives of today's rich and famous.

    As for the tackiness of the costumes, well, this was a free event and they were slumming it a bit. I think they were really just meant to be comical. I go to the opera regularly, but I can't afford to sit close enough to say how good the real costumes are.

    I only started warming up to opera about five years ago, though I have been a classical music fan all my life. It took me more than a little getting used to. You need to get beyond the ridiculous plots and archaic language and focus on the wonderful melodies and the nearly miraculous quality of the great singers.

    Cheers,
  • ElaineElaine Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,532 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    These are great! I think my favorite is #2, but they all are expressive and colorful and crisp. clap.gif
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  • jeffreaux2jeffreaux2 Grinning...and bearing it Registered Users Posts: 4,762 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    I am really liking #4. thumb.gif

    That headpiece looks HHEEAAVVYY!!!

    Looks like everyone had fun. Thanks for sharing.
  • CuongCuong SoCal grins Los Angeles suburbRegistered Users Posts: 1,508 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2008
    Looks like pipe insulation makes wonderful hair piece replicas. Love the perspective and high key on #3.

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  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainAdministrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,451 moderator
    edited February 24, 2008
    yukio wrote:
    Looks like pipe insulation makes wonderful hair piece replicas. Love the perspective and high key on #3.

    Cuong

    Thanks a lot, Elaine, Jeff and Cuong. I didn't have much choice in the perspective on #3, as she was up on some very tall stilts. But I sort of like the way it came out.
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