A highlight of my trip was seeing two operas, one at the classical opera house, and one at the newer Opera Bastille. Close to the ceiling we were able to observe the beautiful paintings on the ceiling. The opera itself, L’Allergro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, with choreography by Robyn Orlin, was a lot to take in at once (dancing, singing, music, subtitles and video), but was extremely powerful. Orlin’s use of video and technology in the set, modern costumes, and comments on the discrephancy between rich and poor nations and the gap between those who hold power and those who don’t, drew some boo’s from the audience. At first I was skeptical of her project, but I find myself still considering it and wish I could see it again.