Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In Vienna

I've been here in Vienna for almost a week and finally have wi-fi access for my computer.  It's not that I couldn't go out to an internet cafe, but that I was too lazy to do so.  My hosts had a wireless router, but it wasn't connected and we were much too busy to hook it up.

My daughter and son-in-law and I went to the opera to see the Magic Flute on Saturday evening and it was a real treat.  Even if you can't get a ticket, you can watch the whole thing on a big-screen outside the opera house.  People bring folding chairs and sit outside.  Of course we've been having a lot of rain.  I imagine some of them got drenched.  This whole thing is quite a change from the 80s when I lived here.  They also have the libretto on small screens for each seat.  It's really nice to be able to follow the whole thing in English.  The staging was wonderful and the voices quite good.  The Staatsoper is still a magical place with its incredible chandeliers and opulence.

More to follow


Doorman-Priest said...

I last saw the Magic Flute in Prague. That was a treat too. In 2007 my choir sang Handel's Messiah in Stephansdom. I like Vienna.

motheramelia said...

I have very fond memories of my eight + years here. The really nice part is seeing those few friends who are still here.

Brian R said...

Good to hear things are going well. I also love Vienna and visited the Staatsoper last year for Der Rosenkavalier - wonderful
Saw the Magic Flute in Berlin.
Looking forward to your future posts

Grandmère Mimi said...

Amelia, I'm glad you're blogging from Vienna. Your visit to the opera sounds lovely.