Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thalys to Aulide or to Tauride postponed due to heavy snow

The fast train "Thalys" -which normally takes you from Paris to Brussels in 1 hour and 22 minutes- had its timetable  screwed up today because of the thick layer of fluffy snow on the tracks. Never have I seen so much snow in Paris and it HAD to happen today! :(
Since my train wouldn't arrive to Brussels before 15:00, I had to throw out my tickets for two operas today in "La Monnaie/De Munt"

"La Monnaie/De Munt" is one of the very best opera houses in Europe which benefits 4-5 times less subsidies from the government than does Paris Opera (ONP), and yet manages to compile a far better and much more coherent program than the uninspiring rich-man amusement "made in elsewhere and imported to France" in ONP. La Monnaie is lead by an amazing and dynamical young intendant, Peter de Caluwe, who had a clever idea to program "Iphigénie en Aulide" and "Iphigénie en Tauride" back-to-back.
The critics [NYT, FT, Le Figaro, Welt, Nigel's blog] apparently didn't like the Pierre Audi's directing, but they all seem to have loved Christophe Rousset, his phenomenal orchestra "Les Talens Lyriques", and three excellent singers Véronique Gens, Stéphane Degout, and Topi Lehtipuu.

Better luck next month for "Elektra"!

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