STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Opera singer Charlotta Hult Ramberg was thrilled by the Chinese Spectacular when she attended the premiere of the show at Stockholm's Circus Theater on Thursday evening.
"Well, I am fascinated by Chinese culture. That is, I am completely filled with it. I mean, it is a culture that has existed while we were ... in the Stone Age here in the Nordic countries, so I think it is unbelievable, I mean it is a fantastic richness," said Ramberg, laughing.
She enjoyed every aspect of the show. "I think the artists are very good…I am just very unbelievably fascinated in general."
"I can see that they simply are good artists. That I can see, of course. And I can hear from the singers singing that they are very good, very well trained. What else can I say? I am just filled, filled!" she said.
Ramberg said Chinese culture appeals to her because it is so old and has existed for such a long time, "It is so rich — it is an unbelievable richness."
She said dance and music tell a lot about a people and their mentality, and many different cultures' fairy tales are similar."
"So we have the history in common, all of us human beings (laughter). From Africa, or wherever we come from."
Ramberg said she could also draw parallels between the live Spectacular orchestra and music from the West.
"It is the whole experience. Really, it is the experience of dance, music, singing, clothes ... the color language, yes it is the experience as a whole. That is to say, I think it is hard to break it into small components, because it is made to be together, so to say, it is not made to be broken apart," she said, adding that she would like her children to see the show.
The New York-based Divine Performing Arts has been staging the Spectacular since 2004. Its 2008 world tour includes 220 shows in over 60 cities, reaching a total live audience of about 650,000. The tour spans four continents — Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.
For information about upcoming Divine Performing Arts shows, please visit: www.DivinePerformingArts.org.
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