Thursday, July 7, 2011

Spotted: Queen Sofia having one fine night at the Opera

Queen Sofia was spotted yesterday at the premiere of the opera "Saint Francis of Assisi", by Olivier Messiaen, who was first introduced to Spain in its stage version in "The Way to Holiness" . The Opera had to take place at the Madrid Arena and not a theater in the capital due to the complexity of production. 

The Queen was well accompanied as she was sitting by the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González Sinde, and the mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón. At the end of the spectacle, the Queen went to greet the artists after the performance and passed her enthusiasm for this difficult and complex play, directed by one of the foremost experts on Messiaen, Sylvain Cambreling with a production by Emilia and Ilya Kabakov.