07.14.10 ''This is one of the must-see concerts of the year...'' reports the New York Post after seeing Sting perform at the Metropolitan Opera last night...


Sting brings strings to Met... If there was ever a concert where Sting seemed small on stage, it was last night at the Metropolitan Opera, where he played for a sold-out house fronting the 45-member Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The show, called 'Symphonicity' - a word play on The Police's 1983 album 'Synchronicity' - was a clever musical treatment that humbly placed the importance on the music rather than Sting's celebrity. At the same time, it was also a major boast by Sting when he claimed his music can stand up to the power and grandeur of a full classical orchestra. Sting is a complex guy, but in the end, this reinvention of his songbook was simple. At this classy affair, Sting and company were playing the good stuff. Not that 'Roxanne' really needed to ditch the reggae beat in favor of the brass and string whirl it got. Yet by playing it with a moody instrumentation and a Latin undercurrent, Sting's old story about devotion to a street walker seemed new again. Sting, who created many of the best songs he played at this concert while he was in a little trio called The Police, should know size doesn't matter. Yet, during numbers like the sad-yet-powerful 'I Hung My Head', 'King of Pain' and 'Every Breath You Take', there was balance between the rock and the symphonic. Any nagging thoughts that this was a schlock 'n' roll orchestral maneuver by a rocker star seeking high-brow relevance were completely rubbed out by the force of the ensemble as it floated Sting's reedy vocals. This is one of the must-see concerts of the year. © New York Post by Dan Aquilante
If the story is to be believed, there's some schadenfreude to be found in a tale that Sting tells about being booed the first time he performed at an opera house. It was in 1987, as Sting recounted recently, that he stepped onstage to sing 'The Ballad of Mack the Knife' with the Hamburg State Orchestra, and he noticed "a group of people, all with blue and gray hair, and jewels and fur," who were jeering him before he'd opened his mouth.
Sting's Innovative 'Symphonicities' Enchants... I've been a Police and Sting fan since the early 80's. The object of my affection and adoration has not changed since I was in seventh grade. Like a fine wine, Sting has aged, well, very very well.
The location is Sting's beachside house in Malibu the morning after the night before: another night, another venue - the Hollywood Bowl - another three-hour concert of his songs.
Sting, majestic alongside Royal Philharmonic... His voice is one of the most magnificent wonders to experience live in concert, which is why it is no surprise that Sting demands the purest of sound in his music.
After selling millions of albums, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, writing an autobiography, releasing an album of lute music and even reuniting with his Police bandmates for an international tour, what else did Sting have to accomplish?