By Eva Huber
One last time it was showed at the Opera House in Zurich: Il Viaggio a Reims; and I was lucky enough to get the chance to see it.
Rossini’s last Italian opera only consists of one act and is further divided into different scenes. The frame story is simple: various noble European people conglomerate in the Golden Lily spa hotel in anticipation of their departure for King Charles X’s coronation that evening. Much to their disappointment, however, the departure is adjourned indefinitely as no horses are at free disposal. In order to soothe the subdued mood, a party to celebrate the coronation is promised to be thrown the following day.