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It was good to be in Italy, even if it was for less than 24 hours.
The panini and espresso (caffe as they say here) alone would have made
it worth to come here.
That said, the concert performance of Tannhäuser
was truly outstanding as well, the musical highlight of my trip so far.
Turin and its Teatro Regio have a long tradition of presenting Wagner's
works. In the late 19th century, Arturo Toscanini conducted the Italian
premieres of Götterdämmerung and Meistersinger here.
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I finally made it to Paris yesterday for an afternoon of slightly
condensed meetings because of my heavy train delay. But it was good to
see a number of old colleagues from the Paris Opera and catch up with
In the evening I attended a performance of Richard Wagner's Rheingold
at the Opera Bastille. This was the first instalment of the Paris
Opera's new Ring Cycle. Believe it or not this is the first Ring
Cycle to be given at the Opera Bastille. The last performance of Rheingold
dates back to 1976 at the Palais Garnier. In the meantime, there
were performances of the Ring Cycle at the other opera houses in
Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Théâtre du Châtelet, but
nevertheless there was quite a bit of excitement about the Paris Opera
finally embarking on a Ring Cycle for the Bastille.
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