REVIEW: “Mozart, Bruckner,” Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice

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First the ballet, now the opera.  Because Nice’s theater scene is so integrated into the culture of the city, one cannot visit the seaside town without spending a night (or two, or three) with some of the best performers in Provence.  With great cultural experiences so accessible to students, it would be a waste not to take advantage of the spectacles of the Riviera.

The Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur presented the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice’s performance of “Mozart, Bruckner,” a concert made up of one of Mozart’s concertos and one of Bruckner’s symphonies.  I was not exactly excited for the 2-hour performance, but I agreed to attend the event with a friend, and I knew I would appreciate the handwork and talent of the abled artists.

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The Opéra de Nice is an exquisite building of glamour and elegance.  I felt exceptional just sitting inside.  Our seats were in a box above the performers, so we could see almost every on-stage detail.  Though long, the show was amazing.  Watching each set of musicians play, then listening to the piece as a whole, I could not imagine how a single person could create such a dynamic and complicated work as these composers had.  As for the talent of the living, the pianist for the Mozart concerto performed the entire hour-long piece without music.  Memorizing, or perhaps more fitting, feeling a piece as intricate as his is nearly as impressive as creating it.

After the show, we went to one of the city’s only food-serving establishments open until 12 a.m., a crêperie called Pôp-ô-thym.  The restaurant served any crêpe, waffle, or pancake option that you could imagine, and the breakfast menu was loaded with creative savory crêpe offerings.  With so many crêpe dishes to try, I will definitely return!

 

Destination Locations

 

Paix, Amour, Nice

A.J.H.

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