This season’s production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe) at the Metropolitan Opera is alight with brilliant colors, joyful dance, flirtatious sensuality and playful humor. The authenticity and opulence of the early 20th century Parisian stage sets and costumes immediately transport the audience to the vivacious, extravagant societal lifestyle of Paris during this dynamic, artful era, and to a fictitious Balkan country, Pontevedro.
We were all wonderstruck on entering the hall of the Sporting in Monaco on Friday, August 1, 2014, where the fashionably dressed ladies and tuxedo gentlemen were given the White Carpet treatment with a large and bright red cross signaled the way to the high-profile and mythical event of the year, the Monaco Red Cross Ball, with mirrors and screens everywhere adding to the allure of the evening. It was certainly the place to be and be seen for the 850 guests who visited each other at their table in a convivial atmosphere, but the buzzing and chattering stopped and everybody stood up for the arrival of the Prince and Princess to inaugurate the 66th edition of the glamorous Red Cross Ball that Prince Albert presides.
It was two hours before midnight last Saturday when the lights went off in Monte-Carlo and the sky rained fire to the sound of the explosives and loud music. It was the debut of the 46th edition of the international fireworks competition in Monaco created in 1966 by the Monaco’s Town Hall, that this year groups the winners of the past four editions, so they are guaranteed to be of exceptional quality.
In 2012 I did an article on the Intrepid for IMPress and you can see it here. That article gives you some of the history and its accomplishments in World War II. Launched in 1943, the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The […]