Monday, 6 October 2008

CCB teacher Lílian Vieira talks about her experience with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA...

My first encounter with “The Phantom of the Opera” was at “Her Majesty’s Theater” in London, 1999. It’s the longest running show in the history of the theater. It opened to an outstanding success in October, 1986 up to now and it still delivers. But why? A mysterious phantom terrorises the Paris Opera in an effort to make his protégé, Christine, the leading lady of the opera house. It’s a romantic tragic love story like many others but its magic spell, creative team and cast deserves much praise as it approaches the 21st birthday celebrations. I went to England in 1999 in order to attend a Teacher Development course in Plymouth. In fact, I wasn’t alone, my friend Jocely de Deus Pinheiro, from CCB was with me and most of what I’m stating here was experienced by both of us. When the course finished, I came to London to wait for my flight back to Brazil. As I still had four days, I decided to relax and enjoy myself. So, I took at least three city tours, went to museums and sightseeing, to the cinema and, of course, to the theatre. Buying the tickets for the theatre was a great and exciting adventure! I left the hostel early in the morning and took the underground to London’s West-End. When I got there, I went straight to the ticket booth to see what was available for a Wednesday matinee, but to my surprise, the tickets for the Phantom were sold out and, in fact, no tickets were available until July, 2000. I got really upset; however, I didn’t give up. I looked for another ticket booth and this time there were tickets available for the balcony. The price was at its high: £30 for a single ticket, it was about R$ 150! I knew it wasn’t the best place to see a show in a theatre and the price was unbelievable, but I was at the point of no return and I had decided to face everything to see the Phantom. Then I bought the ticket and waited for the show. When I entered the auditorium, I felt goose bumps and it was like magic. Even today I wonder what makes that musical have such pulling power. This romantic tragic love story with its moving music and lyrics keeps the audience breathless with such a wonderful show. I must confess that I am a Lloyd Weber fan and I appreciate most of his masterpieces. He’s a genius to me. The performance started. I won’t be able to forget the famous overture and the huge chandelier over the audience as long as I live. It was like being in heaven and I burst into tears. It was really moving! When I came back to Brazil, I really brought with me all the vivid experiences I had in England. I loved everything I saw and learned. It was a wonderful time and “The Phantom of the Opera” will be in my heart and my mind for a lifetime.
Lílian Cavalcanti Fernandes Vieira

6 comments:

Jocely said...

Dear Lílian,
Thank you for your lovely comment about that fantastic day in which we saw The Phantom of the Opera...Yes, I can still remember the astonishment I felt when the chandelier moved from the stage and flew to the centre of the theatre: we all screamed of fear/joy/surprise! It was amazing, wasn't it?

Nicolai said...

It must've been great! Hope we can all enjoy that one day!

Lu (Luciana) said...

I saw the Phantom of the Opera in London: it was wonderful! It was very expensive but I didin´t think twice when I payed for the ticket: I studied this story at CCB with teacher Jô and I said to myself "one day I will see this musical". I will never forget it... Like teacher Lilian said: I will never forget it. I have already finished CCB but I wanted to come and leave my comment heres, in this nice blog. When I was in S3, we didn´t have a blog, only some posters that teacher Jô put on hte walls... But they were wonderful, too. I miss CCB classes!!!

João - The angel of music from Ceará! said...

"The Phantom of the Opera is there, inside my mind..." I love this song and I loved this book we studied at CCB! I watched the movie but, one day, I will see the musical in New York: it´s one dream I have! My cousins saw the musical in São Paulo and they said it was fantastic! But my favourite character is ERIK: I think Christine should stay with him, not with Raoul. I think this!!!

Joana said...

"Working with book the Phantom of the Opera is a must" The stundents like it because it is really good for the level we use. As for the play, I must say I haven't seen it yet, as Lilian did. Anyway, I have already seen the film and been to the very Opera House in Paris and I can tell you guys... it is huge, maybe much more than the book actually describes. It was amazing to be just there and see so many lights "the chandellier" and so many beautiful people. They were all dressed to kill, which was not my case since I was wearing blue jeans and carrying a backpack.
Teacher Joana

VINICIUS.MOTA said...

I'll see, I hope.