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Visit to the arctic opera – 29th March 2016

There is a mountain on the north side of Adventdalen, 7 km east of Longyearbyen. It is called Operafjellet, because it has got a natural amphi theatre. The tenor is center stage, like Pavarotti. Behind him, there is Dirigenten (the conductor), and a bit more in the background, basso and soprano, as it should be.


The tenor is 656 m high. The music that is being played here is arctic silence, twelve voices, sometimes in major, sometimes minor, as you please, on and off, with the rhythm of timelessness. The regular guests are reindeer and ptarmigan. Grass has taken some of the higher ranks, dressed with elegant, shiny coatings of ice. The spotlight is on as ordered from the absolutely highest level, cloud curtains are playing with the light only occasionally, casting playful shadows on the orchestra pit and painting colourful applause onto the ceiling.

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The final crescendo up to the throne of the tenor is too much of a screaming glissando for the guests today. That is left for a da Capo.

last modification: 2016-09-21 · copyright: Rolf Stange