Tuesday, 5 June 2012

8,000 spectators

On a sweet balmy night eight thousand spectactors gathered at the amazing 2000-year old Roman-built Ancient Theater of Orange last Saturday to listen to the Spectacul'art choir and solists sing the best songs from Starmania, a French/Quebecois musical from the late seventies. Many of its songs have passed into mainstream Francophone pop culture.In 1992 an English version of the show was created with the release of the album Tycoon.  Listen to a video here : "Stone, the world is stone...". Are you familiar with this song? Did you sing along?
La nuit était belle et tiède et huit mille spectateurs se sont réunis au théâtre antique d'Orange samedi dernier pour écouter les 200 choristes de l'association Spectacul'art et quelques bons solistes chanter les plus belles chansons de Starmania, l'opéra rock composé par Michel Berger en 1976. Depuis "la complainte de la serveuse automate" jusqu'au "blues du businessman", beaucoup sont devenues des tubes de la chanson française. J'en connais quelques-unes presque par coeur. Ecoutez ici un extrait vidéo : "Stone, le monde est stone...". Dites-moi si vous avez repris la chanson en choeur ?

14 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Salut Nathalie! Looks like an exciting event! I missed your blog - I've been busy with other things!
Bonjour d'EAGAN

Nathalie said...

8,000 spectators and by the way, this blog has recently passed the 400,000 visitor mark. Not bad either!

Bob Crowe said...

A spectacle in every sense of the word, powerfully illustrated. I'm sure I would have enjoyed the scene but I don't know the music at all. Out of touch with popular music. I'm afraid I prefer unpopular music.

mirae said...

c'est magnifique Nathalie, le soir tiède,la lumière tiède et le coeur de la musique.
comme toujours tu as bien capturé.
je t'embrasse.

Dina said...

Congrats on your blog's milestone.

Those Romans really knew how to build. To keep the people happy with bread and circuses.

marcel said...

le guitariste à droite c'est Nicolas DIAGO
Marcel

Peter Olson said...

A wonderful place, today better known for more classical music, but this must really have been nice! "Stone... " (and more) performed like this in such an environment must have been a fabulous moment!

Anonymous said...

Nathalie, j'y étais !!!d'après la photo j'étais plus en contre bas.. quel dommage, de ne pas s'être rencontrée...mais au milieu de cette immense foule c'était impossible... ne rit pas nous nous sommes perdus avec mon mari !!! quelle histoire.
Agréable soirée, avec beaucoup de décibels!!!! à bientôt dans un lieu plus calme... pour la bohème peut être. Bises
Nine

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It is amazing to see the venues of antiquity in use today.

Congratulations on the well deserved popularity of your site.

/t. said...

a spectacular
spectacle of spectators

nice onem n

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/t.

La Mode Operandi said...

Wow! Thats a lot of of spectators alright! i can't say that I have seen of heard of this musical but i sure looks amazing!

Virginia said...

Oh how wonderful to see so many gathered to hear music instead of football or soccer!
V

Jack said...

This would be great fun. The music would have been terrific, but much of the pleasure would have been derived from being part of the crowd. Hope you loved it!

Jilly said...

This must have been sensational. I looked around this arena one time during the day - when it was empty of course. Also the one in Verona. They don't build 'em like that anymore. Great shots. The sound must have been stunning.

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