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Opera Night in Uzès: Il Trovatore

Night at the Opera in Uzès

If you’ve attended an HD production of the Metropolitan Opera in your local theatre, you know how good it is. You have the best seats to hear and see the performance without paying the big bucks to be in Lincoln Center. If you live in or visit another country with an HD opera production, there’s another dimension to the experience. Join me for the opera in Uzès.

Opera in Uzès

This weekend “Il Trovatore” played at the Cinema in Uzes. It was the second opera I’ve seen here. Last year, when Mon Fils was visiting, we saw “Carmen.” I missed him!

il trovadore


Anna Netrebko, the heroine Leonora who sacrifices her life for the love of the troubadour, was superb, as was Yonghoon Lee, who played the role of Manrico.

2015-10-05_14-22-57But it was Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count di Luna who won our hearts. Before the beginning of the Met season, Hvorostovsky announced he had a brain tumor. He was never expected to perform again. Despite the seriousness of his illness, he was on stage for a most magnificent portrayal of the Count. The closeups of his face, which cameras the HD audience captured, showed he knew millions of viewers were watching. For a few seconds, he seemed to step out of his role to acknowledge the loud applause from the live viewers at the Met. You didn’t have to be there in person to feel the love and admiration.

The other dimension

The night’s experience for those attending New York may have been excellent; however, it couldn’t have been as interesting as in Uzès. The funky, retro Cinema was packed with enthusiastic opera lovers and lots of champagne!



It is France! 

Like last year, it seemed a bit bizarre. An Italian opera performed live in New York, broadcast live at a cinema in Uzes — with French subtitles —

Serving sushi!

Sushi at the Cinema in Uzes

Here’s a review of last year’s performance of “Carmen” and more views of the Uzès movie house.


The opera and cast of Carmen

When last I heard music from “Carmen” I was in Myrtle Beach, SC. As a fund-raiser, the Carolina Master Choral of the Grand Strand hosted a professional opera singer who performed a few of the most famous arias.

This “live” version of “Carmen,”  in HD from the Met,  was broadcast in the only Cinema in Uzes. As I watched the performance, I remembered other times when I heard the music from “Carmen.” I also thought of millions worldwide attending the HD event and me at their local theaters. Isn’t technology amazing!??

People who have seen an HD version of the Met operas have said how wonderful it is. Now that I’ve been to one myself, I have to agree. It’s the next best thing to sit in Lincoln Center.


The Cinema in Uzes

The only theater in Uzès is on a narrow street that runs into the town’s main “rue”. From the outside, the building looks like a theater straight out of a Woody Allen film.

Cinema in Uzes, France

The inside isn’t much different.

 This Cinema has “do-it-yourself” popcorn and bizarre candy machines.

Popcorn maker for
Popcorn maker for “vanilla” flavored popcorn and another machine for “salted” popcorn.


Candy machine at Cinema in Uzes


The most exciting thing is that you can order a meal to be served during intermission.


Cinema - goers enjoying a meal at intermission of Carmen
Cinema-goers enjoying a meal at intermission of Carmen

The menu

Cheese and fruit plate
Cheese and fruit plate


Serving up soup and salad
Serving up soup and salad

Wine, beer, champagne, and other drinks of your liking, of course.

The cinema bar
The cinema bar

Love Carmen! Love the Cinema!

The Met performance of “Carmen” was a unique experience. Now that I know that meals and drinks are available for most nightly theater shows, I know I’ll be back! If you’re in Uzès, the Cinema is a place to check out. There are several films with English subtitles each week. Or, if you’re trying to learn French, going to a show with French subtitles is an interesting way to practice reading the language.



Day trip from Uzes to the Cevennes

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