Quebec, Quebec, so good they named it twice.
|Parliament building tonight|
"Typical Robert Lepage", said my neighbour in the theatre, describing last year's opera. "Totally over the top." Well, I happen to like over the top. That's what I got last night. Possibly the most dramatic opening five minutes I've ever seen on a stage, I spent a considerable amount of time with my jaw on the floor.
|My opera tools|
I'm here in the city for the second Quebec Opera Festival. They are on a winner with Robert Lepage on board. He is not just the darling of the Met but a national institution here and rightly so. His staging of operas seems to push everyone to their limits. I wonder about the reactions when the singers find out they will be hanging from ropes, swinging from chandeliers or crawling under the stage while singing in order to realise Lepage's vision. I guess they just say yes, it is Robert Lepage after all.
|Chateau Frontenac glistens in the heat|
|Outdoor concert today|
There are four days left as I write including a wonderful looking event, Opera at the Agora on August 5th with Marc Hervieux, Marie-Josée Lord and Etienne Dupuis.
|Performers lucky to be in the shade|
Bonjour Quebec and Quebec City for more information.
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