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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Baugé-en-Anjou, France

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Murder amidst orientalist excess: Opéra de Baugé's Aida

A note in the programme honestly records the trepidation Opéra de Baugé felt in taking on Verdi’s Aida, a tougher prospect than the other operas with which it’s in rep, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus.
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Finding Nemorino: A truly excellent L'elisir d'amore from Opéra de Baugé

If Debussy intended Pelléas et Mélisande as a deliberate anti-Tristan, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore perhaps stumbled into the role. Donizetti was of course not responding to Wagner’s opera (which would not be written for another three decades) but to the legend Wagner would also draw on, with results that were rather more... German, shall we say, than the sunlit uplands of L’elisir.
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Eisenstein beached: Opéra de Baugé provide an entertaining Fledermaus

It’s a curious thing that when operatic characters are drinking at a party, they invariably sing about how nice it is to be drinking at a party – never sports results, or the weather, or how all them bleedin’ ’ungarians are coming over to Austria and taking all our jobs...
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Fringante Cenerentola à Baugé

La Cenerentola © Opera de Baugé
S’attaquer à Rossini implique de comprendre son alchimie – en somme, de se souvenir qu’il ne peut exister sans qu’on mobilise la légéreté et la tenue, le souffle et la précision.
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L’âme tendre de Lucia à Baugé

Lucia di Lammermoor © Opéra de Baugé
C’est que la Lucia de Bernadette Grimmett n’est pas révisionniste, et ne confond pas regard et distanciation : à rebours des malentendus transformant la meurtrière en vengeresse, et la victime en femme forte, Lucia n’apparaît ici qu’en elle-même. 
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Pardon et deuxième chance : la renaissance de Titus à Baugé

La Clémence de Titus © Opéra de Baugé
L’Opéra de Baugé est né d’un pari un peu fou : celui de créer, en Maine-et-Loire, un festival dans la lignée de celui de Glyndebourne, dans le Sussex. Champêtre, propice à d’élégants pique-niques à l’entracte, joyeux et tous publics, le festival n’en est pas moins exigeant et porté par une vraie passion pour le genre.
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