The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann)

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The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann) is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann, who is the protagonist of the story.

I’m pretty sure this was my first opera and probably my last. I was really confused the entire time and had a hard time understanding the translated subtitles. I was impressed that the actors/singers were able to memorize 3.5 hours of dialogue/songs and the set design was incredible. However, pretty sure opera isn’t my thing.

However, I was pretty excited to go inside the National Centre for the Performing Arts, which is super cool looking building surrounded by water.

Sunset So Pretty

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This week is APEC

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Apec is an economic conference of sorts, where businessmen come to Beijing to discuss how to make more money. Because of this, Beijing has put big floral arrangements around the city, signs on bridges welcoming everyone, and has somehow managed to keep the skies blue. There are rumors of rockets being shot into the sky dispersing some sort of chemical. The movie “Snowpiercer” comes to mind. With all the buzz about APEC, Chinese social media has created the acronym “Air Pollution Eventually Controlled”. I suppose there should be an asterisks stating ‘for now’