The Chorégies d’Orange et Elmer Fudd

Monday evening, we drove an hour north to the ancient theater of Orange for the Chorégies d’Orange music festival. The Roman-style outdoor theater was built during the reign of Augustus in the 1st century. It was restored for the purpose of presenting opera performances back to 1869.

Last night’s show featured the renowned Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra – considered the finest in France. I’m not a huge fan of opera, nor Wagner in particular (who composed most of the pieces that were performed.) Like my friend Jim who sat with me at the concert, I prefer my Wagner performed by Elmer Fudd.

A highlight for me though, was when Terfel closed the evening with a Welsh traditional song that I’ve always loved. I may be one of a very few humans who own Bryn Terfel’s recording of Welsh folk songs,  We’ll Keep a Welcome. I’ve probably listened to this CD more than any other recording in a language that I can’t understand. I love it, and Bryn clearly loves his native land enough to close the program with a song from Wales.

Sitting in the theater itself is certainly worth the price of admission – even withouth world-class orchestras and vocalists. Though last year’s concert was more memorable, I can’t think of another place I would have rather have been than at the Chorégies d’Orange.

Some pictures from the event with myself, Linda, Jim and Shirley

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