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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Paris

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ParisParis-Beyrouth

Paris-Beyrouth
El-Khoury, Debussy
Orchestre des Jeunes d'Île-de-France; David Molard; Patrick Messina

ParisRouge – Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

© Christophe Urbain
Rouse, Mussorgsky
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Case Scaglione; Nathan Meltzer

ParisPhilhar'intime: Bernstein-Copland-Gershwin (Concert de Musique de Chambre)

Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin
Musiciens de l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Víkingur Ólafsson

ParisMiroirs – Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

© Christophe Urbain
Trotignon, Mozart, Haydn
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Michael Hofstetter; Baptiste Trotignon

ParisBernstein Story, Missa Brevis

Bernstein, Copland
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Leonard Slatkin; Chœur de Radio France; Maîtrise de Radio France; Midori
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The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

recadre
In Bérénice, given its world première at the Opéra Garnier, composer Michael Jarrell revisits Racine's refined tragedy with the help of the inspired voices of Barbara Hannigan and Bo Skovhus.
***11
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Lisette Oropesa conquers Paris in Les Huguenots

Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois) © Opéra de Paris | Agathe Poupeney
It's a big night at the Opéra Bastille for their 350th anniversary season; Oropesa's dazzling coloratura stops the show; Andreas Kriegenburg sets the action interestingly in a Star Trek future.
***11
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Risky Business at Hotel de Sully

© Andrea Fernandez
Ambra Senatore’s Promenade À Sully presented as part of the Paris L'Eté festival manages to navigate the chance of site specific work with quirky and refreshing ease
***11
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Human Flesh in Frangible Ritual

© François Stemmer
Locked into a hypnotic, perpetual loop to blaring, banging mechanical sounds, nine women and nine men stride along walking upstage to downstage as if they have been sold to some force from which there is no return.
****1
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Russia meets France: Lully’s Phaéton in Versailles

Victoire Bunel (Théone) © Andrey Chuntomov
A successful musical production of Lully’s masterpiece with Perm Opera’s MusicAeterna chorus and orchestra, Le Poème Harmonique, and a tremendous French-Russian cast.
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Debussy centenary: a top ten playlist

Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy died on 25th March 1918. To mark the centenary, here is a playlist of my “top ten” Debussy masterpieces… at least today’s top ten!