Friday, September 17, 2010


About six months ago I heard on France-Info (the only radio station I occasionally listen to) that there was a new production planned of Verdi's Aïda in Paris. And the icing on the cake was the venue: the new Stade de France with its seating capacity of 80.000!

Like a lot of things France does, this stadium is full of superlatives and it'd be nice to see it—this was an ideal opportunity! However when I connected to their web site I soon lost immediate interest when I discovered that the concert wasn't planned until October of 2010. It seemed so far away.

Well, you can imagine what's next: A couple of weeks ago I suddenly realized that a date that seemed so far away in the spring was now almost upon us as I heard another announcement on the radio—the opera is for the 2nd of October and that is now only a couple of weeks away.

I didn't grow up with opera but have learned to enjoy it in small doses. But when Sarah and I took our cruise in January we noticed that Aïda was playing one evening so we thought we'd give it a go. It turned out to be a filming of a production put on at La Scala in Milano and produced by none other than Franco Zefferelli! It was playing on a large LCD screen so we sat down to watch thinking we could always get up and walk out if we didn't really like it.

Well, we sat there enthralled enjoying every bit of it for the whole three hours! We only had a brief idea of the story line and our Italian was woefully lacking in vocabulary but it helped to have the subtitles. We loved it!

All that to say: be sure to check back here in a few weeks to get our report of the event in Paris. I went to buy the tickets over the phone and they said only 12 seats of the Category IV were left! (These are the 'cheap' seats at €25—not the deluxe ones at €169 where they greet you with a glass of champagne!)

So this is going to be fun! I'm loading up the van with seven of us and we'll make an evening of it! See you in a couple of weeks!


  1. I'm certainly looking forward to it, Daddy !

  2. Sounds like a wonderful time. I was never into opera either but years ago Tom introduced me to Andrea Bocelli and it was love at first note! Have fun!