Strolling around the Christmas market in Frankfurt with my friend Yuliya,

beautiful inside & out,

before seeing Bizet’s Carmen at the “Oper Frankfurt”

(The video and pics of the opera from the posts of “Oper Frankfurt” on FB)

The staging was too modern, the scenery too minimalistic (just a huge staircase), the costumes as if randomly thrown together to my taste; but at the end they treated us to an opulent visual feast: the toreador Escamillo clad in gold and Carmen in a black flamenco dress, descending the staircase, a huge ruffled train covering the steps (revealing the purpose of the staircase :).