"La Flûte Enchantée" Top 5 Page for this destination Luxembourg Gardens - Jardin du Luxembourg Tip by Nemorino

  1. Open-air opera at Luxembourg Palace
by Nemorino
  • La Flûte Enchantée
      1. Open-air opera at Luxembourg Palace
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  • La Flûte Enchantée
      2. People leaving after the opera
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  • La Flûte Enchantée
      3. Luxembourg Gardens from Montparnasse Tower
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  • La Flûte Enchantée
      4. A wider view
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On Sunday the weather held, so we had an uninterrupted performance of The Magic Flute in honor of the 250th birthday of its composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

It was sung in German with French titles. The performance was adequate but not outstanding. There were no Germans in the cast, but they sang the German text well enough; most professional singers can sing in any language if they are well enough prepared.

But the spoken dialogues were something else again. They sounded like a class play after an intermediate German class at the Goethe Institute. I would have given the tenor a B- and flunked everybody else.

But it was fun just seeing and hearing that great and very familiar opera in such a brilliant setting on a cool evening after a hot day of cycling.

Second photo: Here we all are getting up to leave at the end of the performance, shortly before midnight.

Third photo: The Luxembourg Gardens as seen from the Montparnasse Tower. If you enlarge the photo you might be able to make out the bleachers behind the palace.

Fourth photo: A wider view from the same vantage point, showing the Luxembourg Gardens surrounded by lots of city streets and buildings.

See also: my annotated list of Mozart?s operas in a travelogue on my Salzburg page.

Address: 6e Arrondissement
Phone: +33 1 42 34 20 00
Website: http://www.senat.fr/visite/jardin/index.html

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  • Updated Aug 5, 2016
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