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The Tour So Far…

The Tour So Far…

Thursday- free day: met with friends from the opera orchestra, toured the opera house Teatro de Sao Carlos. The building was originally destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake and modeled after La Scala. We ate lunch by the river at their favorite location. Great fish, pastries and espresso.

Went for a walk and stumbled across the Re-Rite exhibit featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia. Needless to say, he looked rather familiar! Dinner in the Bairro Alto neighborhood at Largo- wild boar and local wine, excellent!

Friday- jet lag jet lag jet lag.  rehearsal at Gulbenkian. Fascinated with the automated espresso machine at the hall. I recommend the 'long' cup. My daily espresso average- 4, I am a local.

After the concert it was 3 (or was it 4?) SuperBock lagers, oops!

Saturday morning - performed a master class at the Teatro Opera National de Sao Carlos, short recital with associate conductor at piano and two hour masterclass with 25 students. Lots of fun with this great pianist so I played a few extra ditties. Straight to lunch - more great fish, wine, pastries, black pig and espresso. Back to the hotel to attempt a nap. Turned up heat in my fabulous room, now confusing Celsius and Fahrenheit - 35 degrees? Back to espresso and the Gulbenkian. Mahler's Ninth was well executed and very well received - abligato, Lisboa!