“We want to start the new year with great enthusiasm and joy,” promised the evening's moderator, Reinhold Meyer, at the start of the concert, which was invited by Weistrach's mayor, Erwin Pietersberger. With the famous opening score of Georges Bizet's “Carmen”, one of the most performed operas in the world, the sold-out Westrach Event Center had a spectacular opening. This music filled the hall with positive energy.
The Oberes Mostviertel Philharmonic under Markus Schmidbauer then performed two more pieces from the same opera, Segutilla, a melody and bullfighting song. St. Valentine's torero Constantin Doppler, who works for the Bucharest National Opera, performed it passionately and received a standing ovation from the audience. Jacques Offenbach's most famous pieces were performed later. Barcarolle from the magnificent opera “The Tales of Hoffmann” and “Concan” from “Orpheus in the Underworld”. These atmospheric melodies will have you rocking smoothly into a magical evening. We continued with Rossini's “Mie Rampoli Feminini” from the opera “Cinderella”. “Galop Infernal”, a hellish ride, we were taken to intermission. During intermission, the Westrach Church Choir provided “heavenly” catering. Proceeds go to church restoration.
At the heart of the event was not only the magnificent operas, but also the music of the Strauss star. “Entry March” from the operetta “The Gypsy Baron” by Johann Strauss Sonn and the polka “Leicht's Blood” and the waltz “Roses from the South” were performed with passion. This was followed by a mesmerizing performance of Franz Lehr's universal hit “The Merry Widow” with the entry “Da Ich' Ich Ins Maxim”. Soloist Constantin Doppler gave a wonderful and moving interpretation. Church choir director Joseph Schmidt, with “Schmidt” on the anvil, “Feuerfest!” Polka is fun and original.
The Operes Mostviertel Philharmonic Orchestra performed traditional orchestral pieces with sumptuous and well-measured bombast, especially the Danube Waltz. Here the final nuances of the classic were teased out, and with the “Radetsky March” the audience not only rang in the New Year intoxicated, but was also sent home.
A lively, elegantly nuanced and charming concert with a clever sobriety that combines humor and interesting truths. Enthusiastic applause erupted as thanks.