WHAT A CONCERT! Sissel got to use her wide vocal range from mezzo-soprano to opera, while the audience came through all kinds of emotions. Tromsø was taken by storm.
Written by Marie Søndergaard
The concert hall at The Edge is completely packed. It is concert number two and people are excited. The audience is quiet and paying attention as soon as the light turns off and the band enters the scene. You can hear Sissel’s voice, sounding like it’s coming from afar. Her very beautiful high pitches are matching perfectly with the back cover of mountains, which is creating a specific atmosphere in the room. It is impossible for the audience not to be hypnotized by the atmosphere along with Sissel’s voice. As soon as she enters the scene people start to clap – she is a star – she is loved – and people know that!
Sissel is one of the best crossover sopranos, probably in the whole world and Thursday night she definitely proved that she is in the same league as Celine Dion.
Sissel’s concert varied from very sentimental Christmas songs to the American party Christmas songs like Sleigh Ride. When she started a party on stage it spread through the whole audience – and when she was serious, that feeling was adopted as well. The light and back cover was helping a lot to create the atmosphere and would change according to the emotions as well.
There is something magical about Sissel. She managed to connect with the audience in a way that I have hardly ever seen before. She can be serious and talk about deep topics such as love, what love is, and remind us to enjoy every moment of our life. Then she can start a party and have people standing up clapping. She is the full package. There is a good flow between her songs, talks and short anecdotes, and she made sure that people laughed aaaand… cried.
When she sang “Hold mitt hjerte” several people in the audience, at least in the back where I sat, were hugging each other and a few of them had tears running down their cheeks.
At some point Sissel leaves the stage. The choir is focussed and as soon as the male singer starts to sing “So this is Christmas”, people starts to clap and cheer. – and I completely understand why! Wauw! He had a voice, that could melt every girl’s heart! This was the choir’s time to shine, and they definitely did! They managed to give the audience goose bumps. The goose bumps continued when Sissel entered the stage again in a beautiful red dress and captured the stage back with bravura! This is when she really proved what league she was in and using her wide register – I have never heard anyone hit those high pitches so clean while making it look that simple at the same time. This set is very sentimental until she starts the next part with “Summertime”, “I feel it in my fingers” and finishes of with an amazing Christmas party on stage. People are standing up and clapping through whole songs and it is really hard to make them stop.
When she enters for the extra tunes, she sits down on a chair and sings only with the piano. One last time, people are being reminded off all their emotions – especially when she sings “Helga Natt”. Many have tried to sing a beautiful version of “O Holy Night” but no one can do it like Sissel who now has the northern light at the backcover – just to add something extra to an already amazing experience. She finishes the concert of with what she calls a “Norwegian tradition”: to sing “Dejlig er jorden” with the whole audience.
What a beautiful ending – and how typical of Sissel to be that good and spreading so much Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas!