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Review: Avantasia - The Flying Opera
The Flying Opera

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 115:50
Tracks: 17
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 25, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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The Flying Opera

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

In 2008, Avantasia front man Tobias Sammet gathered many of his guest cohorts in one place and together they agreed to a short world tour. The Flying Opera chronicles their stop in the Czech Republic at the Masters of Rock festival. Reviewed here is the two CD soundtrack included with the resulting DVD recorded at that show.

Ever the showman, Sammet works the crowd masterfully, encouraging them to sing during the ballads, give appropriate applause for the guest vocalists and generally bantering with the thousands of people as if he was in an intimate club. Everyone's voice is in fine form and the songs are nearly studio perfect, which means either everyone was completely on top of their game or there was some help in the studio afterward. Songs from The Scarecrow, which was the "new" album at the time of the show, dominate with seven tracks while The Metal Opera is represented by six. The Metal Opera II and each of the Lost in Space EPs get one song each. Avantasia play Power Metal to perfection. There are plenty of speedy, double-kick driven songs, lush ballads and more catchy choruses than you can shake a stick at. All the songs you would expect are here; "Lost in Space," "Avantasia," "Serpents in Paradise," "Toy Master" and more. The set list is excellent, despite the short shrift given to The Metal Opera II.

The problem with live music is that if it is too close to the studio versions, it becomes a question of what is the point. If the band strays too far from the originals, they risk "ruining" someone's favorites. If anything, The Flying Opera is closer to the former than the latter, but the set list and energy of the performances compensate nicely. The Flying Opera is highly recommended for fans of Avantasia, Sammet's main band Edguy and all Power Metal aficionados.

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