Thursday, October 2, 2008

Celebration of German Reunification

Tonight, Astrid invited me to accompany her to the Opera, where the German Consulate would celebrate the "Tag Der Deutschen Einheit", that is, the German Reunification Day. It was not the first time I would attend this yearly celebration - so I knew Herr Maruhn, the General Consul of Germany in Timisoara would organize an excellent event.
We arrived at the Opera, where we were greeted by the Consul and by Susanne Karstner, Vice-President of the Bundestag. We then proceeded to the Opera Hall, where representatives from several authorities - German and Romanian - spoke about the German Reunification and about the excellent relationship between the two countries. Unfortunately, whereas Germans have found their unity, Romania is still divided in two countries. None of the speakers mentioned this.

It is customary for the German Consulate in Timisoara to hire every October 2nd the Timisoara Opera - not only the location but also the performers - and offer a show with arias from operas and operettas. This year's programme included arias from the works of Strauss, Kalman (Sylvia), Loewe (My Fair Lady), Lehar (The Merry Widow), Rossini (The Barber of Seville), and Puccini (Turandot).

Having just returned from Egypt, I was delighted to see a ballet on music from Verdi's Aida.

After the show, we headed to the foyer, where we had a reception, and a nice chat with other guests and even with some of the performers, like Cristian Rudic.