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Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres
'Viva Maestro' celebrates Kazushi Ono's long standing collaboration with Opéra de Lyon. And a beautiful evening it was!
The whole opera team, orchestra, choir and even the 'Maîtrise', gathered around the maestro to pay their respect and share a moment of communion around music and opera.
The programme started off with symphonic music selected from famous operas: 'Meistersinger' Prelude and 'Rosenkavalier' orchestral suite.
Ermonela Jaho delivered then Puccini's famous arias from 'Manon Lescaut' and 'Tosca' with instant intensity and drama. Mozart's first movement from 'Concertone for 2 violins in C major' was played with poise and joy by Gourbeix and Olechowski, the orchestra's wonderful soloists. And the choir revealed its full might in Faust's Pandemonium and Apotheosis scenes.
But above all, the incredibly large number of performers on stage, obviously proud and happy to be there, was masterfully controlled by a relaxed and rooted Kazushi, whose great strength at inviting people into his world was once again shown at its best.
To crown it all, the cherry on the cake came from Yoshi Oida who, after a quick speech of gratitude on behalf of the city of Lyon, named Kazushi Ono 'Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres'.
As Serge Dorny said towards the end of the evening: "Ceci n'est pas un adieu. Ce n'est qu'un au revoir!"
Original article : Lyon: End of an era for Kazushi Ono