I know what you’re thinking, I thought it too. This isn’t a concert for the twenty-something’s. The tickets would probably be something the twenty-something’s would buy for their Mum, maybe their Dad, Grandma definitely.
Well I can tell you now, there was nothing mumsy about The Ten Tenors or the spectacular performance they presented to the Opera House on Wednesday evening.
At the ten minute call I slid past an elderly couple to get to my seat. I apologised profusely as the elderly gentleman hauled himself from his chair with a lengthy groan. ‘This is it’ I thought, trapped with The Ten Tenors unless I can leap frog over that gentleman’s head.
As the lights went down I stared about in shock at the whoops that were hurled out by the audience. Ten men strutted out onto the stage, the Michael Buble sort, smart trendy suits, well crafted hair and a charm that made every single audience member sigh.
They began with Il Gladiatore which finished with the elderly gentleman next to me fist pumping the air in glee. Their voices individually were mesmerising, their voices combined were breathtaking.
I can’t begin to imagine how the performance must have been for the fans of The Ten Tenors, the realisation that the stereo in the living room was telling the truth the whole time.
The first half of the performance revolved mainly around classic operatic numbers such as Pie Jesu and En Aranjuez Can Tu Amor. Then shocking those new to the Tenors singing Simon and Garfunkel’s The Boxer, Bring him home from Les Miserables and the Leonard Cohen hit Hallelujah.
Numbers were broken up with mini interludes where a member of The Ten Tenors would grab a mic and chat with the audience for a few minutes. These were entertaining interludes to say the least, especially when Stewart Morris took to the spotlight, a ‘typical Aussie bloke’, telling stories of karaoke’s at his local pub bringing the toughest sorts of men to tears while knocking back a couple of schooners.
The interludes proved to be more than just a quick giggle between songs, not only proving how humble these men are but illustrating the relationship between the performers and their fans. The openness between musician and audience, seeing both parties shine smiles to the other throughout the evening’s performance.
The second chapter to the show included numerous crowd pleasers, Bohemian Rhapsody a goose bump thrill of a performance, I’d do Anything for Love and Nessun Dorma.
The Ten Tenors aren’t just a well put together group of men performing hits, but a vehicle providing the transition of Operatic classics to a modern era. But I believe the most mesmerising thing of all was the bond between the group and their audience. Finishing the night on a Beatles classic, Hey Jude, the crowd were on their feet, old and young waving their arms and singing along with The Ten Tenors and the ‘na na na’s’ of the hit as if the group were The Beatles themselves.
The Ten Tenors are an unusual combination of super talented men who act as if they’re the friendly neighbour. Humble and talented, The Ten Tenors are a beacon for all generations to come together for the evening to share one common interest, a passion for music old and new, the pleasure of being wildly entertained.
The Ten Tenors
Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Date/Time: Wednesday 31st August at 8pm
Tickets: $158.70 – $115.80
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 | www.sydneyoperahouse.com