TORONTO, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - On December 14 and 15, Andre Rieu will launch
his World Stadium Concert Tour, "A Romantic Vienna Night", in Toronto. For
this tour, Andre Rieu has had a full-scale copy of Schonbrunn - the Viennese
castle - built. The set will be the largest one ever built for a tour show:
125 meters wide, 30 meters deep and 35 meters high.
For Andre Rieu, this is his dream come true. "In 2006, we played at the
actual Schonbrunn in Vienna, the castle of Empress Sissi and Emperor Franz
Joseph. The concert was a huge success, and the castle was the perfect
background for the music we brought. However, not everyone had the opportunity
to come to Vienna to see us play. For this reason, we developed the idea to
bring Vienna to the rest of the world," says Andre Rieu.
Rieu is presenting "his" Schonbrunn castle complete with 2 ice rinks and
a ballroom of over 300 m2. Neither effort nor expense have been spared: a
ballroom will real golden chandeliers; a hand-painted ceiling; the original
fountains rebuilt at full scale; 14 carriages with 36 horses from Vienna. It
will take six days for the 100 stage designers to build the set.
And a set of such a scale evidently demands a host of artists. 250
artists are accompanying Rieu on his world tour, all dressed in lush romantic
costumes, including The Platin Tenors, Carmen Monarcha, Carla Mafioletti,
Mirusia Louwerse and Suzan Erens, among others. The maestro is especially
proud that he will be accompanied by real Viennese artists. "I am very honored
to be able to count on the world-famous ballet group of the Wiener
Staatsopera. I couldn't ask for a more suitable ballet company," says Rieu,
who also hired eighty debutants of the famous Viennese ballet school Elmayer.
"However, no matter how great and important the set may be, everything is
there mainly to support the most important thing of all - the music. The stage
must support the music, not the other way around." As always, the program
consists of many waltzes, by Strauss, Lehar, and others, as well as romantic
melodies taken from operas and musicals.
Concerts of the World Stadium Tour are already scheduled in Germany, the
Netherlands, France, Belgium and Australia.
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