Vespasian monument adjoining the theatre
Part of the exterior of the theatre (2nd century)
Festival director addresses the throng
Interesting theatre; seated 12,000 (I think), could be flooded
for naval battles; the lower 29 rows are built into the hill; the
upper 29 were built atop giant stone vaults (pix later), sort
of like the upper deck of a contemporary stadium
Playin'; the program was largely Verdi ("meretricious glitter,"
"merely an excuse for social gathering"), but its latter half
featured some Turkish music; we particularly enjoyed the
"Köçekçe, dance rhapsody for orchestra," by Umi Erkin.