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Opening Gala in Oslo: Slave Chorus from Verdi's Nabucco

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Impressive on several levels.

The comments section of the YouTube sheds additional light on the rationale for the staging...

orclaboy: what is this? costumes of the world? wage slaves? casting call for a construction company? Lovely voices though and the smoke was a nice touch.... I guess in Norway, with the long winters the imagination runs rampant, when one is snowbound around the hearth...

ssiquest: the choir was put together with people who built the opera house..

merqury5: Those people are few of us who contributed to build this place. Some chose to dress in our national costumes,which are unique to each county.

orclaboy: Thank you for the explanation merqury5 - I guess I was being a bit flippant, my excuses... I did recognize some of the Scandinavian national costumes, but had a hard time jiving that with the hardhats, now I know they built it, and am very moved! amazing!

Yes, I read that. I hope the audience realized all of this -- I assume they did. Really nice, very dramatic.

Wow. That's touching and very well done.

Why don't we do more things like that in the US?

Opera Company of Philadelphia "Hallelujah!" Random Act of Culture

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