Two weeks ago I visited Lyon for 24 hours. But what should do you explore in this city if you are a culture nerd? Well, Lyon is a small but wonderful town in the south of France. The city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. So you have to take a walk through the historical part of course. During my walk through the streets of Lyon I discovered the Museum of Fine Arts. They have shown the exhibition “Autoportraits. De Rembrandt au selfie”, which was displayed in Karlsruhe, Germany, before. From the 16th July you can the this exhibition “Facing the World. Self Portraits Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei” at the National Galleries in Scotland. But I think the Museum of Fine Arts at Lyon has a wonderful permanent collection, too. On their website they show some wonderful Master Pieces from the Museum.
But the reason why I was invited was the debut performance of “L’Enlèvement au Sérail” by W.A. Mozart. This opera was really amazing. On one hand the building was absolutely awesome, on the other hand the production and staging were very great, although it took more than 3 hours! At the first moment when the opera started I was a little bit confused, I asked myself, if it’s right that I hear the opera singer sing in German. But yes, it was right. The opera is a German story by Mozart. So they didn’t translate (I expected that, because I visited an opera in France). 😉 But this was a pleasant surprise to me. The last performance is at 15th July.
My stay was so short I hadn’t had the chance to visit a restaurant, we got some antipasti at the premiere party though. But I started a little research and I found a wonderful article by John Brunton (the guardian). He has some tips for good restaurants: Top 10 restaurants in Lyon. I checked the websites of the restaurants and they sound great, if I visit Lyon again, I am sure, I will take a dinner in one of those locations.
Lyon again? YES! But I need more time. Definitely. And without all those soccer games. But at first I enjoy the game France versus Germany – today. 😀
#opera | Opera de Lyon
#performance | L’Enlèvement au Sérail (The Abduction from the Seraglio/Die Entführung aus dem Serail)
#last performance | 15th July 2016