Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 8

We began our day in Paris:

...where (because of the time change) we
likely drank our morning coffee
six to nine hours before you woke up.

 Some lads stopped for a quickie
on their way to work...

...a select few had time to linger:

Some slept in, but were able to lunch
at the spot where it all began:

Le Precope
on the left bank since 1686.
Its Italian proprietor
introduced Parisians to coffee.

Today's newest crop
of Parisian coffee shops
includes Télescope:

...and Steel, which serves up
cyclist gear
and a fine cup of coffee.
No kidding.

Café Craft is a coffee shop
on the Canal St-Martin,
which was drained for cleaning in January.

Its bright, minimalist interior
draws a clientele that hovers
over laptops and
steaming cups of cappuccino.

Enjoy a side of man nips
along with all that caffeine:

Hirsute beauty:

Gay Canadian Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
To Be Next Metropolitan Opera Music Director

Openly gay conductor Yannick Ǹézet-Séguin (b. 1975) has just been named the next music director of NYC’s Metropolitan Opera, to succeed James Levine, who has stepped down due to failing health. The Metropolitan Opera is the world’s largest opera house and one of the most prestigious.

The 41-year-old tattooed (above) Canadian conductor, who has been at the helm of the storied Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012, is not free to take up the Met post until 2020. He will serve as “music director designate” until then. During that time he will conduct several Met operas and participate in planning for the revered house. As well. his contract with the Philadelphia Orchestra has been extended through the 2025/26 season. Mr. Yannick Ǹézet-Séguin is revered by audiences, critics and musicians all over the world.

Photo by David Swanson

"I never imagined that I could live the dream of having the legendary and magnificent Philadelphia Orchestra in my life, so it is with great joy that I extend my commitment for at least another 10 years," said Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. "Becoming music director of the premier and most extraordinary Metropolitan Opera is double the dream. I am, without doubt, the luckiest music director in the world today."

For more details about Maestro Ǹézet-Séguin, read my blog post from 2013:

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