We were in our garden having dinner when suddenly the music started up. We could hear it clearly as it was coming from just round the corner on Place de la République, the main square in St Martin de Ré . It sounded lovely as it came through the trees, so food finished, we went for a closer look.
The square had been sealed off earlier in the day and a temporary stage put up for the free night at the opera. The evening was a bit more than a greatest hits performance but somehow they managed to condense three Rossini operas into one show.
The night was part of the annual Musique en Ré festival that sees performances across the Ile de Ré including some that are free and in the open air. It was a lovely way of spending a warm summer evening.
The last opera featured was the Barber of Seville. Darkness descended as the music came to an end but then as an added bonus there were fireworks to add to the memory of another lovely night on Ré .
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