During my time in Malmö, I went for the very first time in my life to watch an opera; “Porgy & Bess”, to be more precise. And, well, I like it. Actually, I was rather suspicious regarding opera since my knowledge about this form of art is very limited and because I can’t stand musicalfilms. With a very few exceptions, I always have the impression that musicals involve (how can I put it?) too much music… A whole song is were a well written dialogue of 30 seconds would have had the same or even more effect.
So now, in order to try something new, opera. Porgy & Bess was written by George Gershwin and to read what the whole story is about, the best would probably be to consult Wiki. What was surprising me was that the three hours of the performance did not feel like it but much shorter. I have to admit that I did not understand all of the songs (I am not sure if this is an appropriate expression) and the Swedish subtitles were not overly helpful. But the acting and the singing are on another level. In Musicals the actors pretend to be normal and then start singing without any obvious reason (obvious for me, at least).
In the opera, the acting and the singing make the whole composition. I am not sure how to express the impressions but I seriously liked it since the singing is not just a way to get from one story element to another, but the purpose, the sense of it… Probably, I won’t try the “Nibelungen” as next but with its’ wonderful songs, Porgy & Bess was a good introduction in the world of opera.