|The lunchtime concerts are held in the studio, which is to the left of the stairs shown in the photo.|
Friends occasionally ask if I'm out and about doing something different every day. The quick and honest answer is no. For the past two days, I've been at home catching up on fun tasks, like ironing and cleaning.
Today, however, I'm happy to report that I'm leaving the chores behind to take advantage of one of the best deals in town. For 5 Euros, the orchestra musicians and choral singers of the Opéra Bastille offer lunchtime concerts and I'm going to be there, enjoying pieces by Benjamin Britten, Ernst von Donhanyi and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
One of the added advantages of the concerts is that the composer and the selections are briefly introduced to the audience. So, it's like taking a short music appreciation course combined with oral comprehension of the French language. It's good mental exercise for me.
When Stéphane, Sara and I went to the concert 2 weeks ago, we were introduced to Georges Louis Onslow, the composer known as "the French Beethoven" because he was injured while hunting and became deaf in the left ear. This accident inspired the last three movements of his quintet opus 38, "The Bullet".
To see the schedule for upcoming lunchtime concerts, please click HERE. Tickets may be purchased at the box office. As seating is limited, it's best to arrive at the Opera at least 30 minutes prior to the performance, which starts promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Place de la Bastille
Metro: Bastille, Gare de Lyon