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Created On: 05/20/2021 06:01 PM
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 05/20/2021 06:01 PM
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ww

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    A great promo video, and it gives you a good look at a really nice building. Paris's Opera Comique is totally different from the huge grand opera house, the Palais Garnier, that's a centerpiece of its section of Paris. Opera Comique is hiding on a tiny square. The building was designed to be safe and convenient for guests (it replaced a building that caught fire during a performance with loss of about 80 lives). Whoever designed it knew all about designing stairs, doors, everything to be right.
    The one performance I went to, back row seat, was beautiful 18th century music, which the audience liked, given a wildly modern staging, which the they didn't. The director got booed. Encountered the same thing at another production (somewhere else), where ancient Carthage was turned into a rehab facility for wounded veterans.


Edited: 05/20/2021 at 06:09 PM by ww
 05/23/2021 07:07 AM
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Cole

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What a wonderful commercial!

Have you done the London opera house?

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 05/24/2021 09:51 AM
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 05/25/2021 03:45 AM
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    Did the London Colosseum a couple of times long ago. They do operas in English, which doesn't help much.
    I pretty much picked up opera in Portland Oregon. The local productions were sometimes rough around the edges, but there were some cheap seats close to the stage.
    Covent Garden more recently, a Janacek opera (he was Czech) and a dance show. Up in the nosebleed section. Did Berlioz's "Les Troyens" at the Bastille Opera, the 1980s modern one in Paris. Dismal building, production was probably partly a Bad idea, but Berlioz was a great composer and the cast were great. The hero (and heroic tenor) Aeneas, founder of Rome, was played by a very fit guy from Billings, Montana. They gave him a big fight scene.
    After that, went to see the Metropolitan Opera House in NY. Neat to be there after watching it at the movie theater. Got a really good matinee ticket on the morning of performance for $25. Main attraction of the trip was Rogers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! in a really creative Broadway production.
    That Opera Comique ad was wonderful partly because the place needs a small army of ushers and other helpers, and of course they never get any attention. I hope some of the volunteers at Vero's theaters saw this ad.


Edited: 05/25/2021 at 04:19 AM by ww
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