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Reminiscence of the last opera I saw at the "old" opéra Garnier, in Paris (named after its architect, who "invented" the French Second Empire architectural style... though the place really opened four years after Napoléon III's abdication and Charles Garnier was not even invited for its inauguration!)...
Back home from his heroic feats and on stage, Hercules was to meet a painful death by the hand of his overjealous wife, when slipping on a tunic bathed in centaur's blood...
Theater stage director Luc Bondy offered the fully packed house a rather minimalist presentation of a timeless drama inspired by Sophocle and Ovid, with limited scenery, strongly evocative lightning and enthralling mixed chorus parts...
In the pit, William Christie directed delightfully Haendel's score, which nearly caused the ruin of the composer in 1745...
And, after two acts and to quote Alphonse Allais' famous crosswords clue, intermission emptied the ground floor boxes and filled the lavatories (my translation is rather poor and it's much puzzling in French). Obviously, it also filled the space in front of the buffets and helped to gulp a lot of sandwiches and empty many bottles... ;-)

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