I just arrived from being at the Arena Monterrey, where Sarah Brightman gave her Symphony tour concert.

I was very excited for weeks that I’ll finally see one of my favorite opera singers. Bought the tickets with months of anticipation. The day I the tickets started selling, I got mine and most entrances were sold by mid day.

The concert started at exactly 21:00 hrs, a strange thing to happen over here, since all other concerts I’ve been start thirty to an hour later, with some other artist opening the show. But given that she’s British, punctuality is nothing strange. So it all started with kind of a magical entrance and everything very mysterious, very nice. It was a very magical concert, except for a bunch of caveats throughout it all.

First of all on the positive side, the music was fantastic. Needless to say that Sarah’s performance was overall good. The scenery and effects were fantastic! Using a huge mirror with projectors producing a very magical effect on each song. The guest singers (I can only remember Fernando Lima‘s name right now) were awesome. I was also impressed by the constant and extremely fast wardrobe changes that Sarah had throughout the concert.

I would like to say a critic about the concert, but first I think I should mention my sort of credentials to give credit of my judgement. Besides being a web programmer and open source evangelist, I used to have a local rock band a couple of years ago. We played at a small bar in Tampico, but we had good gigs like opening concerts for the EXA radio station in Mexico. We opened twice and played along with a lot of the mexican pops stars of the moment. I know about performing, I know a little about professional sound and stages. Later I was solo singer on a local, but also very important musical show in Tampico. I’m also friend of an important song writers and actors. So I’ve been in touch with a lot of music and performing. And my latest and most important education in music and performing arts (specially at dancing and musicals) I’ve recieved from my girlfriend Ada Campos, whose artistic career is far more serious and longer than mine. So, given that introduction, I now explain what I think of Sarah Brightman’s concert.

However, I expected a lot much more from the show. The dancers were sloppy, not moving at the same time, with weak movements and poor organization. The choreography was, to say the least, ridiculous. And Sarah’s voice didn’t fill the place. I don’t know if it was her fault or the sound engineer’s.

Then what really bothered me was Sarah’s attitude. She didn’t introduced or thanked her musicians (they received their applauses without her on stage). The chorus was hidden somewhere because there were never seen. She didn’t communicate a lot with the public and her interactions with the guest singers who accompanied her on several songs was bad. She faced backwards a lot during the concert and some special songs like The Phantom of the Opera, so you couldn’t see her singing (and she also erred twice on the song).

Overall the whole concert direction was awful. The lighting was bad on the dancers and everything focused only her, which brings an unbalanced scenery on stage where you cannot appreciate well every detail the scene was supposed to show. It gave me the impression that Sarah showed very little gratitude and is a very selfish person that doesn’t want anything else but her to shine on stage. Bad mistake, cause far from making her shine, that made the whole show look bad.

Oh, and I still can’t get over the THIRTY MINUTE intermediate pause. I think I forgot what I was doing there when the show continued.

Update: it just came to my knowledge that this concert was the opening of the tour. This makes the whole thing more understandable (yet still unacceptable) since they don’t have all the details solved and there’s a lot of room for improvement. Anyways, I enjoyed being able to see Sarah Brightman singing live, I’m sure the next concerts will improve most of these issues.

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