The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses brought the world of Zelda to Auckland with a full orchestra, choir, and a reimagined score! The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, led by respected Australian conductor Jessica Gethin, delivered a two-hour concert of music and visuals. Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most prominent and successful game franchises, selling over 75 million copies as of 2016. Zelda fans were be treated to some of the most memorable themes from the iconic Legend of Zelda franchise including Skyward Sword, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link Between Worlds, Majora’s Mask and Ocarina of Time.
There were plenty of hardcore fans ready to sit back and let the world of Zelda wash over them at Auckland’s ASB Theatre. After the overture, the show’s producer Jason Michael Paul came on stage to give a short introduction and then our attention was drawn back to the screen; There we saw legendary Japanese video game designer and co-director of Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, reflected on the Zelda franchise and it’s music.
While each score was performed, scenes from the games were projected above on a large, almost cinema sized, screen. This simple stage set up worked extremely well with Orchestra and screen being complemented by stage lighting which further accentuated the mood of each piece that was being masterfully played. The choir added an extra level of beauty to the sound with wonderful harmonies and dramatic crescendos.
Every generation of gamer has their favourite Zelda, for me it would be Ocarina of Time. This score gave me goosebumps and took me back to my uni days of playing N64 for hours on end.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is an amazing musical evening that makes me want to dust off every Nintendo console and play all 19 entries of Zelda. Simply a unique and memorable evening of music that is a must for any Zelda fan.
Unfortunately, this was a one off show in New Zealand but part of an on going tour headed to Australia.
Reviewed by Ian Wright.