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The Last Parsifal in Bologna

A matinee is a strange performance to finish a season on.

I thought to take some photos of the theatre, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, where we’ve been the last month; particularly the piazza where the theatre is placed on the north-west-ish side. Saturday, following the wet greyness of Friday was oppositely calm, warm, and a vault of blue. The theatre looked spectacular.

There was another photo I wanted. The first time taking the elevator to the Salle Ballo, thinking it was high up and therefore on the top floor, I ended up in the roof space above the grid, with a small window looking out across the city, through the towers to Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, a view scarcely bettered by any other high point in the city, and one only for those fortunate enough to be lost in the theatre.

We warmed up for the last time, Bonnie, Dasniya, Pericles, and I, pinning on wigs, slathering white body paint, tying up ropes, and then, once again, it was finished.

One final evening in that beautiful city, and today fleeing across the directions of the compass: Bonnie southwards, Pericles east, and Dasniya and I splitting the difference between North, her to Zürich and me to Berlin.

Parsifal Bologna – 24: Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Parsifal Bologna – 24: Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Parsifal Bologna – 25: Opera e Balletto 2014 Parsifal
Parsifal Bologna – 25: Opera e Balletto 2014 Parsifal
Parsifal Bologna – 25: Tersicoree
Parsifal Bologna – 25: Tersicoree
Parsifal Bologna – 26: Elevator 5th floor
Parsifal Bologna – 26: Elevator 5th floor
Parsifal Bologna – 28: Bologna from the roof of Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Parsifal Bologna – 28: Bologna from the roof of Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Parsifal Bologna – 28: Calling the show
Parsifal Bologna – 28: Calling the show
Parsifal Bologna – 30: Parsifal Act III
Parsifal Bologna – 30: Parsifal Act III
Parsifal Bologna – 31: We have been here before …
Parsifal Bologna – 31: We have been here before …
Parsifal Bologna – 32: Finish.
Parsifal Bologna – 32: Finish.