Tonight we went to see NZ Opera’s production of the Flying Dutchman at the Aotea Centre. I must say the acoustics have improved greatly since the acoustics upgrade (spec’d by Marshall Day Acoustics). The circle has now been completed with the new flooring, seats and wall treatments. Overall I enjoyed the show but thought the first Act was a little dull due to the static nature of the cast, a minimalist set and lack of power in the Flying Dutchman’s delivery. I felt the main characters needed to be “larger” than they were to compensate – both vocally and visually. Act 3 was certainly a blast. Not even bare buttocks were enough to get a rise out of the Flying Dutchman’s ghostly crew.
As for the use of my recording for the ghostly chorus I felt it wasn’t sufficiently present in the overall live mix – I didn’t get the contrapuntal interplay between the orchestra and the chorus.