Thursday evening, October 1st, was a memorable evening for over 1000 people from Arad, who left their fear of cold aside and walked, some for the first time, beyond the gates of Arad Fortress – to see the first staging of opera “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, in a grand opening of the new season for the Philharmonic.

An event crowned with success, with its music led by the Italian master conductor, Roberto Salvalaio, and its choir prepared by conductor Robert Daniel Rădoiaș. The characters of the opera were interpreted by great names from the international classical scene – coming from Mongolia, Georgia and Italy, accompanied by the choir of Arad Philharmonic.

The dramatic love story which Puccini has adapted to the opera genre, after the drama “La Tosca” by Victor Sardou, is divided in 3 acts, performed in Italian. In order for the public to understand the text and action of the opera, the organisers have come up with a smart solution, adding Romanian subtitles on the video panel set up by the stage.

The opera was sublimely performed by both the lead singers and the orchestra, while the sound system was (almost) impeccable – except for a small incident with the mongolian soprano Erdenetuya Balgansuren’s microphone, which was quickly solved. The only obvious shortcoming was the cold. Such an outdoor event would have been more appropriate on a summer day, when the evening chill is rather welcome. Some of the spectators were cautious enough to bring pillows and even blankets along with them.

The considerable number of people who have confronted the cold in order to attend the show should yet leave us thinking, regarding the importance of the Fortress in the collective soul of Arad’s residents – because this event shouldn’t remain an isolated case of culture within the walls of the Fortress. The collaboration between Arad Philharmonic and the Ministry of National Defense succeeded in offering a first impression on the cultural potential of Arad Fortress – and, dare we say, we are already expecting future events here!

(Source: Special Arad, October 1st)

Here you can see the TOSCA show, recorded by Telviziunea Arad.