Paris has two amazing opera houses, the beautiful Palais Garnier, and the very modern Opera Bastille. Tonight I had tickets for Mozart's Magic Flute at the Opera Bastille. I try to take advantage of Paris cultular offer as long as I am still here, it won't be forever...
Mozart is one of my favourite composers, (right after Bono and Mark Knopfler) and the music of the Magic Flute touch me in particular, because I practiced them a lot myself many years ago.
As anticipated it was one of my cultural highlights lived in Paris, even though the production and the stage decoration (by the Barcelona theatre company la fure dela baus) were too modern for my personal taste, lots of video and text projections etc.. I realize I do sound old or old-fashioned, but that is the way it is. But the music was perfect, thanks to Wolfgang Amadeus, to the Queen of the night, who hit without flaw all the impossible high notes in her famous aria (always a moment of suspense), and to my surprise a German conductor, Thomas Hengelbrock.
The futuristic Opera Bastille from outside and inside.
Pictures taken between the two acts ("entracte")
The German conductor's desk
Beginning of the second act
Pamina flying around in a mountain climber harness during Queen of the night aria