A (first) night at the (Leipzig) Opera

Despite its grandiose name and its size, the Augustusplatz in Leipzig is, in my humble opinion, somewhat of a shame for the city, as it reminds citizens and visitors alike of its infamous socialist past. There used to be here at this square, one of the most glorious old universities and a church which survived the war but were blown up by the regime that wanted to wipe out such great history and replace it by another architectural style. The opera and the Gewandhaus (the Concert Hall) as well as the Post office are also examples of the Stalinist architecture.
My first visit to the Leipzig Opera gave me the opportunity to find myself in such a building. Being used to the Rococo Opera of Wiesbaden, I felt a little strange. But I liked Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress so I forgot about the surroundings.


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