Cinderella Must Go!

The Palace of Versailles opened a new exhibition last weekend of works by Xavier Veilhan.  Très jolie!

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“My project for Versailles mainly addresses the outdoor realm, following an east/west axis across the estate, from the Place d’Armes to Le Nôtre’s formal gardens. I will be placing several works or groups of works conceived especially for this exhibition, which will articulate the continuity that joins the site’s history to its contemporary protraction. This is a project that is dynamic, classical, open and universal, aiming to establish a new bond between visitors to the place and the spaces they come into contact with.”

Here is an interview with the artist:

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If you are in the area, make your way over.


Private note to Cinderella:

A major 3-year renovation of the Opéra Royal at the Versailles Palace is finally coming to a close.  The official opening gala will be next Monday, September 21, and there are still tickets.  It will be quite a soirée.  Here are the details:

To mark the reopening of the Opéra Royal after almost three years of works, on 21 September there will be a grand Gala Evening, in aid of the restoration programme in the Salon du Grand Couvert, held under the High Patronage of Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, and in the presence of the Minister for Culture and Communication, Mr Frédéric Mitterrand.

At this inaugural concert, three singers will be accompanied by the Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble and Marc Minkowski: soprano Mireille Delunsch, tenor Richard Croft, and star bass-baritone Bryn Terfel. The programme is drawn from the years 1770-1789, with Mozart joining Gluck and Haydn: three Austrian masters, kings in Paris in the day of Marie-Antoinette.

Staged in the Château’s most sumptuous setting, this concert will be followed, quite exceptionally, by a Gala Dinner, served by one of France’s leading caterers, in the Hall of Mirrors – a venue traditionally reserved for the occasional, highly prestigious dinner for Heads of State.

Parking available in the Cour d’honneur. Champagne welcome at 7.30pm. Black tie.

21 September 2009 – 8 pm

Opéra Royal – Hall of Mirrors

Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble – Conductor: Marc Minkowski

Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble – Conductor Marc Minkowski;  Mireille Delunsch, soprano; Richard Croft, ténor; Bryn Terfel, baryton-basse.

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So, if you really want to do it right, spend the weekend in Paris shopping for a new dress and some glass stilettos.  Arrive at Versailles in the late afternoon to stroll the gardens with a suitably romantic prince charming in his Armani tux as you admire each other and Veilhan’s work.  Then off to the champagne reception with Nicolas and Carla followed by a performance of music from the time of Marie-Antoinette.  After the concert, you can walk together, arm-in-arm, to the Gala Dinner in the Hall of Mirrors, aglow with the flickering candles, sparkling chandeliers and enchanted eyes of you and your companion.

Just remember to make it to your waiting coach before midnight.  And if you have to leave in a hurry, you may want to “accidentally” drop one of those stilettos on your way out.

The Cowboy will get his Armani tux pressed, just in case.

Published in: on September 15, 2009 at 10:06  Comments (1)  
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  1. Finally…i don’t have to go to bed without getting a quick dose of inspiration! I was worried something happened to the Cowboy. One never nows, it can be dangerous and lonely out there. Glad to have you back!

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