Cancel everything, I obviously need to undertake a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On Sept 26th, to be precise.
Can I just squeal for a moment about how utterly PERFECT this lady casting is? (my office colleage is asking whether I am in need of medical assitance. Possibly, yes.)
Now for the small print – Christophe Rousset apparently has a little Baroque opera festival appointment in Acre, of all places – which is perfectly lovely, but not that easy to reach. I would need to get into a car for 33 hours and drive down through the Middle East, and I am not Annemarie Schwarzenbach. I don’t even have a car.
(Or I could get on a €400 flight to Tel Aviv, from which there is a direct 1h20min transfer by train to Acre, and, believe me, I am SO tempted. If I had a stable job and no semester about to start right then, I’d not be writing this post, I’d be booking tickets.)
Anyway, if you do love your “Alcina” and have, at all, any possibility to be in Acre on Sept. 26th and be the envy of my heart, get your €100 to €400 ticket now (and if you’re already at it, there’s Genaux in a Charpentier/Purcell double Bill including Dido on Sept. 25th), or get the whole €1500 travel package from Paris for “Meet in Galilee”.