Morschi's BIO & Live in Dresden DVD Review

The 1st half of this topic is devoted to the professional background & experience of Morschi Franz & includes some photos of him performing with Mirusia LouwerseCarmen Monarcha during the filming of the recent Live in Dresden aka Dancing through The Skies DVD

The 2nd half of this topic is devoted to a review of the DVD & concludes with a link to a website which will help you attach a name to the face of Johann Strauss Orchestra members that appeared in the Live in Dresden aka Dancing through The Skies DVD.


 André Rieu In Dresden

mmmmm More then 150 technicians and more then 100 performers hanging around the opera house in Dresden. Loads of trucks, big catering tents, rehearsals, camera's all over, good atmosphere... This has definentely something to do with André!! And yes, I am right.. The recordings for the new DVD!! Watch the next highlights to get a nice impression of what to expect.

Duet with Morschi Franz (Tenor) & Carmen Monarcha (Soprano Soloist) during
#12 Wer uns getraut,  on the DVD

Morschi Franz . The Dutch tenor Morschi Franz comes from a musical family of Sinti gypsies. . He studied at the Conservatory in Maastricht Mya Besselink . He participated in numerous productions of Opera South, such as La Fanciulla del West, Rigoletto, Un Ball in maschera, La Cenerentola, The Magic Flute, Jenůfa and Orfeo ed Euridice., The Fairy Queen en Antigone . Franz worked with several conductors such as Ed Spanjaard, Koen Kessels and Roland BäerZijn.His repertoire also includes roles as Eddin Abu Hassarak in Johann Strauss' Night 1001, in Offenbach Babylas Monsieur Choufleuri, Usher in Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury and Gastone in La Traviata under headed by Yakov KREIZBERG.

Mirusia Louwerse (Soprano Soloist) during #14 Wishing you were somehow here again, on the DVD

L to R: Luca Madrigo, Lara Meuleman, & Cord Meyer (All Violinists)

L to R:  Jennifer Kowalski (Violin); Ton Maessen (Tuba); Nathalie Bolle (Flute); Agnes Walter (Violin); Andre Rieu; Leon van Wijk (Trombone); Ward Vlasveld (Synthesizer & Sound Engineer); Ruud Merx (Trombone)

Duet with Morschi Franz (Tenor); Mirusia Louwerse (Soprano Soloist) during #15 All I ask of You

Remember the Wedding Couple!

L to R:  The Platin Tenors, Gary Bennett; Béla Mavrák; Thomas Greuel

Pierre Colin (Viola)

I would like to thank the set up crew for all their hard work that preceeds the concert. We don't see you, we don't know who you are, however, we do know the concert won't happen until you've devoted your time & energy to put everything in its place.

I get home shortly before midnight, after working all day, take a shower, & then sit down to enjoy this DVD, before going to bed.

I automatically watch the follow 8 musical selections

# 5 Plaisir d'amour (Duet with Carmen Monarcha & Mirusia Louwerse - both soprano soloists)

#6 Figaro Cavatina (Morschi Franz as Figaro - Tenor Soloist) & Cord Meyer (the stooge whose ear was cut off by Figaro)

#8 E Lucevan Le Stelle (The Platin Tenors - Gary Bennett, Béla Mavrák, & Thomas Greuel)

#9 I'm Off To Chez Maxim (The Platin Tenors - Gary Bennett, Béla Mavrák, & Thomas Greuel)

#11 I Hear The Sound of Cymbals (Carmen Monarcha- soprano solo)

#12 Wer uns getraut (Duet with Morschi Franz & Carmen Monarcha)

#14 Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (Mirusia Louwerse - soprano solo)

#15 All I Ask Of You (Duet with Morschi Franz & Mirusia Louwerse)

The Platin Tenors are so much a part of each DVD that it's easy to overlook all the time & effort the 3 voices of Gary, Béla, & Thomas put in to blending their voices. They make the difficult look easy with perfect timing & blending on each & every number they perform. Duets have a lot of variable with 2 singers. The Platin Tenor trio have even more variables to synchronize. André clearly recognizes the talents of Gary, Béla, & Thomas & had them come out for an unprecedented 3 curtain calls at the conclusion of #8 E Lucevan Le Stelle. They deserved all 3 curtain calls, & the audience was clearly appreciative. I can only hope I have the pleasure of seeing & listening to The Platin Tenors on each & every new DVD.

Béla can often be seen mingling with the crowd before concerts when on tour. He is very approachable, loves having people take a photo of him & is known to "thank" those he is talking to for coming to the concert. I am fortunate enough to have spoken to & had my photo taken with Béla prior to the concert here in Phoenix, Arizona in Dec 2006. Béla is known to be a shopaholoic constantly looking to buy new outfits to wear during his free time.

I have immense admiration for all the hard work Morschi, Mirusia, & Carmen have achieved in these duets. Listening to these beautiful duets is how I unwind at the end of the day. When I crawl into bed thoroughly relaxed I'm at peace & quickly fall asleep.

Finally, at long last, Cord Meyer (Violin) was permitted to share the spotlight with Morschi Franz as the victim of Figaro who had his ear cut off. As Morschi was mesmerizing the audience with his strong, powerful male Tenor voice, he was roughing up Cord in the barbers chair as only a friend can do. Cord had shaving cream in every crack & crevice of his face, he played a perfect "victim" to the hilt. Between Morschi & Cord , the audience was treated to a comedy routine & a beautiful Tenor solo, simultaneously. The unplanned mishap only added to the comedy. Morschi was unflapable by the mishap & continued to deliver Figaro Cavatina without missing a beat. I'm envious of those in the audience to have personally witnessed the comedy routine with Cord & the voice of Morschi.

At the very end of the musical number, André called Cord out for a curtain call & introduced him to the entire audience. Just look at the expression on Cord's face, he is a happy, happy man.

We have been given written permission to publish this photo taken by Tess Zagorski in Melbourne on 29 Oct 2009   You can see Cord,  larger than life, with no loss in detail or sharpness, & a complete list of all DVD's he has appeared in by going here 

There is one other camera close of up of Cord near the end of #19 Adieu mein kleiner Gardeofizier, it show Cord still beaming from ear to ear, now knowing everyone who was at the concert & who views this DVD, will know who he is. Well Done, Cord ! 

is known to be a voracious reader & I'm told he can carry on an intelligent conversation with you on just about any topic you bring up.

Interestingly, the sound of the falling coat rack was scrubbed. I can only imagine the conversations that must have taken place between André & Ward Vlasveld (Sound Engineer & Synthesizer) in trying to decide whether leave the sound of the falling coat rack or to scrub it. Resie Vahsen (choir) in the green dress was so caught up in the comedy of the moment the camera captured her in the throes of hysterical laughter. Resie's name was correctly spelled in the program this time; the Schönbrunn program misspelled her name as Resi.

While the program was correct in spelling Resie, the program contained 2 other misspellings:

Béla Mavrak, should have been Béla Mavrák 

Luca Marigo, should have been Luca Madrigo 

The Spelling & Punctuation Chief of Gestapo, strikes again.

I was fortunate to meet & talk to Luca (Violin) before the Dec 2006 concert here in Phoenix, standing outside the concert hall along with Franco Vulcano (double Bass).

Considering that Figaro cut off his ear, one can only wonder if the mishap was an accident. After all, if Figaro cut off your ear wouldn't you harbor a desire to get even. Imagine some of the zingers that the other JSO members must be hurling at Cord, all day, every day, things like:

good one Cord, you made it look like an accident

Cord, are you going to let Figaro off with just a bop on the head with a coat rack?

Cord, you had the right idea, but your aim was off.

good one Cord, Figaro had it coming, too bad you missed

I would like to have been a fly on the wall to hear the real-life conversation off stage between Cord & Morschi that must have taken place. I can only imagine hysterical laughter between the two.

Accolades to whoever came up with the idea of having the camera show the ornate beauty of Semperoper outside the building & then taking the steps through the halls leading to the concert hall. I've watched the opening sequence in slow motion, several times, so I don't miss any decor details of the wood floors, walls, beams, stairs, railings, carpets, & chandeliers

I like the pastel color & full skirt on the gown Judith Luesink (choir) is wearing. Judith's prior gown color was yellow.  Judith normally is the 1st person on the left side, as you look at the choir.

Can anyone tell me who are the people in the audience that the camera kept showing?

It struck me as curious that #7 Dancing Through the Skies was repeated  as #20 at the end of the concert.

I missed Suzan Erens & Carla Maffioletti, both Soprano Soloists, probably because I've personally met & spoken to both during Meet & Greets

Dan the Banner man was conspicuous by his absence.

Teun Ramaekers  is featured playing the piccolo during #11 Hear The Sound of Cymbals (Carmen Monarcha - soprano solo) .  His fingers are moving so fast they are a blurr even when watching him in slow motion.

If you attended this concert or if you have the DVD,  please share your thoughts by adding your comments. Everyone that participated in this concert knows about this topic & will be interested in reading what you have to say.

If you need help in attaching a name to the face of any person in this concert go here  

  1. Now look in the upper right hand corner & enter the search term of Live in Dresden;
  2. now look to the right & click on the down arrow.
  3. Select, your photostream. You will now be looking at a thumbnail photo of everyone that appeared in the DVD.
  4. Now look near the top & click on detail  to reveal a larger photo & the persons name & some details of that performer + you can see all of the additional photos of the performer that have been collected

If you have any photos you'd like to share, please send them to me as an email attachment

Morschi's Bio info thanks to Jeanine Ann
Concert report done by Bill in Arizona

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  • September 16, 2008 jeffrubino wrote:
    Hey all,
    I cant wait to the new dvd comes out! It lookes amazing!!
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  • September 16, 2008 Webmaster Sally wrote:
    Jeanine Ann, these are such beautiful photographs. I love that one at the top! What a great story. Thanks for this !!
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    1. September 16, 2008 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      You are quite welcome Sally.  I thought the photos were just beautiful.  I cannot wait for this DVD!  Hugs to all
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      1. September 26, 2008 Marguerite wrote:
        The pictures are fabuluous & I think we are all anticipating the release of the DVD.
        On another note I have called both PBS stations in my area, D.C. & Md. & neither have any info on the Baltimore concert May 14 2009. If you get any info on where to get tickets please let me know. Kind Regards, Marguerite
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  • September 16, 2008 Marlene Warren wrote:
    These are really great photos! I can't wait for the dvd to come out. Well, I guess none of us can wait!
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  • September 17, 2008 Shirley wrote:
    This one is at the top of my "must have" list!!
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    1. September 17, 2008 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      You are right Shirley although I must say I haven't seen anything that didn't reach my "must have" list.  : )  Just so I don't run out of money before Andre runs out of DVD's!  Hugs
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      1. September 17, 2008 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Just a note to tell you that more photos are on the Dresden Concert page.
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  • September 20, 2008 LAINE wrote:
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    1. September 21, 2008 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hello Laine,  I think I remember your name.  How are you?  It is so nice to see you here again.  I hope Sally share that email also!  Please come back often.  Hugs to you
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  • November 15, 2009 Webmaster Sally wrote:
    Bela is Bela to me. I find nothing wrong with the Western spelling of his name. A Rose by any other name is still sweet.
    The Tenors do add a great deal to every concert. I enjoy them very much. Lovely voices on each one of the men.
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  • November 15, 2009 Inge Cossette wrote:
    Cord Meiers is actually Cord Peters, André introduced him wrong on the stage from Dresden, that is not the first time he has done that. He once introduced Carla as Clara.
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    1. November 15, 2009 Moderator Bill AZ wrote:
      I received 2 emails from people in Netherlands, telling me Cords last name had been changed to Meyer.  The DVd subtitle showed the name of Cord Maier.  You're spelling is Meiers.   I decided to use the subtitle name of Maier
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      1. November 15, 2009 Shirley wrote:
        Whatever his name is I really like him. When I first read about him Andre said he learned Dutch in two months. I found that quite impressive. BTW Bill, I thought Morschi was a baritone, on the dvd he doesn't sound like a tenor voice. Maybe he sings both, I don't know,just asking.
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        1. November 16, 2009 Moderator Bill AZ wrote:
          The DVD spelling of Cord Maier is incorrect.

          Cord's last name use to be Peters.

          He changed it.  I've confirmed that Cord's name is:

          Cord Meyer

          The Spelling & Punctuation Chief of Gestapo, stands corrected.
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        2. November 16, 2009 Moderator Bill AZ wrote:
          Here is a link to Morschi's website.
          Morschi identifies himself as a Tenor

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  • November 15, 2009 Inge Cossette wrote:
    Sorry I spelled the name wrong: Meyer, Maier or Meier, I know him only as Cord Peters from Hamburg, but perhaps he married a girl named Meyer????? That is when I changed my name, haaaaaaaa!
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  • November 16, 2009 Inge Cossette wrote:
    Just got my DVD Maastricht 3 and the 2 CDs "Ich hab mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren", the newest, Cord Peters is still his name.
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    1. November 16, 2009 Moderator Bill AZ wrote:
      The Live in Dresden DVD & the printed programs that show Cord's last name as Peters, are all incorrect.

      If you have a Facebook, account, do a search for Cord Meyer.  You will see a photo of Cord

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      1. November 16, 2009 WebMaster Sally wrote:
        IMHO, that doesn't mean others are incorrect.  Many people use their mother's maiden name as a middle name, and it is also used as a last name.  I know a man who goes by the last name of Sousa or Furtado.  Just depends.

        I am sure Cord knows his last name and that's good enough.

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  • November 17, 2009 Inge Cossette wrote:
    Sally, in Québec is the law that married women keep their maiden name. I got married 46 years ago and under the old law, when women still took the name of the husband, but on my drivers license I am Mrs. Hörth, which nobody here can pronounce or spell right and also on my Medicare card, when a doctor calls me in the clinic then I mostly do not react, because they call me Mrs. Orte or Horse, once I sat for 7 and a half hour and got mad, from now on I tell them to call me Mrs. Cossette or else, haaaaaaaaaaaaaa! That is French and they can pronounce that. So much for names and I do not care if Cord is calling himself now Meyer or Peters, main thing, he is a good musician and a funny guy, he imitated the Saxony dialect super in the Dresden Opera, just like a native.
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