Daily Journal: Thursday, 20 April 2017

Good to be back in Budapest. Over the past few days I have experienced more rain than when in Oregon. Really! I’ve been lucky to have had nice weather most everywhere I’ve traveled. Guess my old friend from Oregon “rain” is catching up with me.

Rested most of the morning and then in the afternoon went to the grocery to buy the ingredients to make the Skinny Lasagna Soup. While writing my journal entry, I waited for the chicken broth to finish – then put together the remaining ingredients. Thankfully, I really don’t get tired of eating this healthy soup.

I took a quick nap before heading out for my first real European (or first rate U.S.) opera. This is true, I’ve never been interested in attending an opera. Sure, I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera and when I was with the Portland Chamber Orchestra we produced an opera, but never one the classics. Tonight I see Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.

Venue: Erkel (Szinhaz) Theatre

Program Notes:

Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási has been general music director of Komische Oper Berlin since 2012. His first production in this capacity was Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which was enthusiastically received.
Australian director Barrie Kosky created, with the British theatre group 1927, a special world for the production, which The Guardian’s critic described as “a mixture of Alexander Rodtschenko and Tim Burton, Charles Dickens and Fritz Lang, the silent films of the early 20th century and the comic novels of the 21st century.”
This production of Mozart’s opera was “the most exciting and most colourful premiere of the season,” wrote a reviewer, “as is evident from the fact that almost all tickets were sold for the season the day after the premiere.”

Link: Click Here for Link (Once you click on the link, find the video that shows a sample of the production.) All of the scenery was projected on a backdrop and the performers used the backdrop as a way to enter and exit the stage. Images were something you’d find in a Tim Burton film. Also this: Link 

Took a picture of the lobby and the audience. Was interesting to see there wasn’t a rush to be seated. It was 7:10 when the overture began to play. Once the performance started, the audience was well behaved.

I enjoyed the production very much. Think the art direction kept my attention and of course the music. The subtitles were in Hungarian and the opera in German – thankfully there were some German titles displayed on the backdrop that helped me understand the storyline.  There were three curtain calls. So glad I went and will try to see more.

A Sad Goodbye (Retirement)
It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my mouse. The mouse, along with my laptop, have partnered with me to create my daily blogs. The mouse clicker just wore out and needed to be replaced. While in Vienna, I found a shop that sold computer supplies and bought a cordless mouse.  This mouse I first used at work since it had a retractable cord and was smaller and therefore easy to carry between meetings. As I was writing this I realized I can’t throw it in the trash. I’ve now decided to add to my travel collection. The first picture shows the old and the new mouse. The next picture is my updated travel collection.



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