We returned to Canada today (September 18th) and are currently waiting at Trudeau Airport in Montreal for our connection home.
The eye-role the immigration officier gave when I said the only things I had bought were two Christmas ornaments (yes Cathy you were right) and a finger puppet was priceless.
No I don’t know what I will do with a finger puppet of Giuseppe Verdi – which can also double as a fridge magnet. But when I saw it at the gift shop at the Dutch National Opera I just had to have it.
Hopefully I get around to writing a bit about the opera or rather operas. It was the poplar combination of Il Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusicana in a new production by Canadian director Robert Carsen with a bit of a powerhouse cast. It was to be conducted by Sir Mark Elder but he had to bow out for health reasons. Contrary to normal practice Pag was done first without an intermission followed by Cav. The Pag was vocally and theatrically stunning – both Laurent and I were near tears at the end. The Cav was a confusing modern conception sung with old fashioned brio and steamy passion. All and all pretty exciting – and I got a finger puppet of Verdi!
September 18 is also Cheeseburger Day and perhaps it’s a good time to ask why these days burgers are now so loaded down with “stuff” that you can’t get your mouth around them?