Guide to classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Paris

Pont des Arts, Paris © Benh Lieu Song
Pont des Arts, Paris
© Benh Lieu Song
Paris sits at the core of the French musical and cultural scene: between the Opéra Garnier, the Opéra Bastille, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Auditorium de Radio France and last but not least the Philharmonie designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, Paris can satisfy even the most exigent music and ballet lover. Check our calendar to discover concerts, opera or ballet performances in Paris; tonight, this weekend or the forthcoming month. Our latest reviews will let you know everything about what’s going on in Paris, undoubtedly one the most vibrant place in the international scene.
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ParisWebern, Strauss, Franck

Webern, Strauss R., Franck
Orchestre National de France; Emmanuel Krivine; Ann Petersen

ParisEnescu, Mahler

Enescu, Mahler
Orchestre National de France; Christoph Eschenbach; Truls Mørk

ParisLes 80 ans de l'Orchestre Philharmonique

Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Sofi Jeannin; Barbara Assouline; Pascal Bourgeois; Chœur de Radio France; Maîtrise de Radio France

ParisBeethoven, Bartók

Beethoven, Bartók
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck; Vilde Frang; Cécile Agator; Pascal Oddon; Marc Desmons

ParisEnescu, Bartók, Janáček, Kodály

Enescu, Bartók, Janáček, Kodály
Orchestre National de France; Lawrence Foster; Evgeny Kissin
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For whom the bell tolls at the Opéra Comique

Palazzetto Bru Zane, spurred on by the zealous advocacy of conductor François-Xavier Roth, has turned to Saint-Saëns' very first opera, Le Timbre d'argent.
***11
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Lemoyne's Phèdre: intense mythological drama at the Bouffes du Nord

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne tragédie lyrique – simply staged in the compact, antique space of the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord – made for gripping drama. 
****1
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La Reine de Chypre claims three tenor victims

Richard Wagner, reviewing La Reine de Chypre for the Dresden Abend-Zeitung, praised Halévy's opera as “decidedly the best that has appeared on the Opéra's boards since Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots”. It's impossible not to agree. 
***11
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Nights in the Harem in Paris

The Orchestre Pasdeloup contributes tales to the Philharmonie's Mille et une Nuits festival of music inspired by the Orient. 
***11
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Return to the harem: Ravel's Shéhérazade in Paris

With barely time for coffee and baklava after the Orchestre Pasdeloup's Arabian matinee, I stepped boldly back into the harem for a rendezvous with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. 
*****
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