SARAH BLASKO – Sydney Opera House Concert Review

March 7, 2013  |  Gig Review

SARAH BLASKO – Sydney Opera House Concert Review

> An amazing spectacle that was very hard to fault.

Sarah Blasko is yet to disappoint me, a dedicated listener and fan-girl of her efforts as a talented performer, reeling in huge audiences from ages 2 to 80, which I spotted in the crowd. Luckily for me it was an easy search from the perfect view provided by my seat; snuggled up in my doona behind my computer screen.

Blasko had her show held at the Sydney Opera House, live-streamed through YouTube, and being an Internet junkie, like the majority of teenagers in this day and age, I couldn’t be happier. The instant comment updates throughout the show were a slice of entertainment amongst the excitement of seeing one of my major inspirations. Users such as “LittlestPetShopGrace”, who was actually in the audience, was happy to inform us internet viewers of her whereabouts in the crowd; “I WILL WAVE! SEE ME?! IM WHISTLING, IN THE SECOND ROW!” I was also delighted by the comments from two users who were obviously confused as to who exactly they were watching; “Oh man, I love Lisa Mitchell! She’s incredible!”

Putting all of the discussions aside, the show was truly engaging, and I could hardly take my eyes off of the stage; a huge white backdrop draped from the ceiling to the stage floor, lit up by lights that changed colour pallets throughout the shows entirety. Not to mention the orchestra placed in perfect view, which is something I personally prefer to floor orchestras. I feel as though putting them on the stage shows them the recognition they deserve, and they really did deserve it.

Opening the first number – one of my personal favourites of Sarah’s repertoire, Explain – was a slightly muted guitar riff, introducing the performer to the stage. I was hooked by the time the first lyrics came from her mouth, and only more consumed when three rows of strings, percussion, and many other instrumentalists began to accompany her. Every note, plucked, tapped and hit was in perfect sync; legitimately pitch perfect.

From the first song, to the closing number, I was incredibly attached to the melodies and harmonies and became insanely jealous of those who were there to see one of my idols in the flesh. Sure, it sounded brilliant from my end of the internet, but nothing could’ve compared to hearing the acoustics that the Opera house provide, and witnessing the action only meters away from some of Australia’s finest musicians. It’s safe to say that this show was very difficult for me to fault. With her angelic vocals and equally as stunning orchestra to accompany her, I was completely and totally addicted to the soothing yet active sounds, that are Sarah Blasko.

EILISH SENYARD

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