Article published on tb.no 06.07.2012.
Written by Fredrik Rütter. Photo by Eric Johannessen. Link to original article here
Translation by Vigdis Nor
Glittering SHOW: The former Eurovision winners Alexander Rybak, Elisabeth “Bettan” Andreassen and Didrik Solli-Tangen delivered strongly at the Quality Hotel Klubben yesterday.
(Five on the dice)
Bettan, Alexander and Didrik
Taran Productions Club Quality Hotel, Tonsberg
With three Eurovision winners on a stage they have a lot of ballast in common. It is in the age that the range is large. Elisabeth Andreassen sends messages to the two boys, Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen, that they are some sweet young puppies, and that it is very nice to have them included in the stage show, but she gets answer to the indictment. They are not totally subservient the two, they can catch up.
The range is also great when it comes to the musical content of the first summer show this year at Klubben. In a simple but stunning set design is five eminent musicians, Trond Augland, Torstein Kinn, Knut Bjørnar Asphol, Steinar Borvik, and under the excellent leadership of Øystein Lund Olafsen who also turns out to be a very able accompanist. Two diva stairs are also in place, although the number of steps are too few of the really big diva, but as it turns out that no one takes that role, it is okay. The oldest opens the show as it should be, and soon Bettan sets the standard with the song “Runaway”. Her voice still has a large register that she moves up and down without any problems. Since the young men are so rudely classical trained, Bettan takes just as well and slam with the “Queen of the Night” from “Magic Flute”, composed by the venerable W.A. Mozart. It is coloratura singing at an extremely high level. Maybe she secretly has visited Barratt-Due Institute too.
The fact that Bettan also is the show’s queen is probably not a surprise.. The fact that Solli-Tangen and Rybak both graduated from Barratt-Due is no secret. The young men spent a little time to get warm, especially the novice Didrik Solli-Tangen. Director Tom Sterri shall have all the honor of letting the young ones also use the sides of their talents that they have just had their exam in. It is amazing to experience a summer show, where a full house is quiet as a mouse and hear a tenor singing “To the sea”, a song that Jussi Bjorling often performed, and a violinist playing the extremely virtuosic “Witch Dance” by Antonio Bazzini, resulting in that the audience is completely shank. All three went to their known and unknown qualities, and then some. Thus, the range of this show is enormously large. Recycling of cardboard and plastic is now a great theme for Solli-Tangen, a theme he gets a lot out of the song “We can do more.” With an extremely tough arrangement in the back, pure James Bond style, he goes on with Ella Fitzgerald’s old “Cry me a river.” Along with Rybak, he has a festive duet about how they are always going to be friends, and remember each other even when the career is over in two to three years.
Rybak and his violin are almost inseparable, and he is good at getting the audience in singing along as in “Roll with the wind.” Bettan has sung “Dance toward spring” before, but it’s always a pleasure to hear her sing it again, and who would not want to have a dance with her right then. They joke with each other verbally, but it’s pretty amazing that even an experienced artist that Bettan, with a director as Sterri, does not get the middle parts (small talks?) to function. Then there is not much hope for those with less experience, either. The tune “The Prayer” is pure fireworks as the last song, but not this time. If there are three Eurovision winners on the board, it is inevitable that all three will have their song as an extra. It was a really bouncy musical evening which let it swing a lot.
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