The Postponed Musical Feast of a Woman Maestro in Paris
Part One of a digital conversation with Keri-Lynn Wilson presented by The American Friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet
Access to the full video of the webinar at the bottom of the post.
A French version was published via Le Petit Journal
Only a handful of women conducted at the Paris Opera, and none of them ever took her baton to present Carmen, possibly one of the greatest operas of all time. The Canadian-born Keri-Lynn Wilson was supposed to do just that—and to also make her debut in Paris last December.
With the threat of Covid19 everywhere, and the measures local and national governments have taken to contain the pandemic, Wilson’s calendar has been reduced to just a few performances. A digital tour of her website (here) lists the many changes: A Concert with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Opera Gala at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Carmen at the Bastille Opera, Rigoletto with the Bayerische Staatsoper, all canceled… With the exception of the opening streamed-concert of Mozart’s Week last January 21st, Wilson actually has not conducted for a live audience since March 2020.
Yet, had the French Government not decided to shut down all theaters in France a few days before the Christmas holidays, she would have led an exceptional performance, in times of Covid19 and in a major European city. A musical feast.
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(Quotes below, unless in italics, are invented, and the attribution to people is purely fictional)
Do you remember the cobblestone streets of Coyoacán in Mexico City, a far cry from the busy double deck jammed highways that drive across the megalopolis? I am sure you remember the first time you pushed the double green doors of the Blue House—Casa Azul, the home of Frida Kahlo. I do, and I have returned there so often.
Vacationing Around the Corner
by Jean-Philippe Nuel – Architect and Interior Designer
Click here for French Version
Winter vacations are here, and in many places, either borders are closed, or PCR testing and quarantining are required upon return. This is quite an unappealing cocktail at a time when we all need a breath of fresh air, a new perspective, and a renewed energy. But where can we travel to? Forget the sun of Mexico, the charm of Morocco, and the heat of the Persian Gulf.
What if we were simply traveling next door, within our own city. Treating ourselves to a romantic weekend around the corner in an unusual setting and being lulled to sleep. In other words, becoming a tourist in our own city.
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Hosts of species long departed
Marked the mastodon,
The dinosaur, who left dried tokens
Of their sojourn here