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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Paris

Pont des Arts, Paris © Benh Lieu Song
Pont des Arts, Paris
© Benh Lieu Song
April 2018
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Fondation Louis Vuitton: a temple to youth

Fondation Louis Vuitton © Iwan Baan
We've already seen three years of intense activity, with dozens of shows of every type: recitals, concertos, chamber music, academic events, public masterclasses, jazz sessions. All this in a brand new space. It's a new and different feature of the musical landscape of Paris.

Postcard from Paris

The Eiffel Tower by night © Mark Pullinger
In Paris to catch some culture? Here's our editor's suggestions on what to do in the city, what to see and where to eat. 
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ParisBerlioz / Messe des morts

Berlioz: Requiem "Grande Messe des morts", Op.5
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Nicolas Fink; Michael Spyres; Chœur de Radio France; Mikko Franck

ParisTchaïkovski, Concerto pour violon

Tchaikovsky, Franck, Saint-Saëns
Orchestre National de France; Emmanuel Krivine; Maxim Vengerov; Thierry Escaich

ParisMozart, Janáček, Brahms, Chostakovich

© © Marco Borggreve, Martin Sigmund Harald Hoffmann Giorgia Bertazzi
Mozart, Janáček, Brahms, Shostakovich
Marina Prudenskaya; Vilde Frang; Lawrence Power; Alisa Weilerstein

ParisZemlinsky / Chausson / Takemitsu

Takemitsu, Chausson, Zemlinsky
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Vasily Petrenko; Anna Caterina Antonacci; Michel Brousseau; Nicolas Tulliez

ParisBernstein, Du Shtetl a New York

Sirba Octet; Isabelle Georges
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¡Viva España! A day trip to Spain for Les Dissonances

David Grimal © Caroline Doutre
How vital is a conductor? At Paris' Salle des concerts – the Philharmonie's second hall – Les Dissonances provided answers. 
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"It must be so": Handel's Jephtha

Ian Bostridge (Jephtha) and Katherine Watson (Iphis) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Claus Guth's production of Handel's last oratorio lands in Paris, where William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants and a stellar cast. 
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Lully's Alceste a great success in Versailles

Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu
Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques perform Alceste, the most recent effort in their almost complete set of Lully's operas. A strong cast and a remarkable chorus complete a successful performance.
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As English as roast beef: YNS and OM in Paris

Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Yannick Nézet-Séguin © François Goupil
On the last leg of their first international tour, the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin fully embraced Elgar after a francophone first half of Berlioz and Saint-Saëns. 
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Cavalli's Erismena charms in Versailles

Andrea Bonsignore (Agrippo), Jakub Józef Orliński (Orimeno) and Francesca Aspromonte (Erismena) © Pascal Victor
A young, vibrant cast brings to life a rarely performed Baroque opera, in the production from the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
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