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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Paris

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ParisIl primo omicidioNew production

Scarlatti: Caino, overo il primo omicidio
René Jacobs; Romeo Castellucci; Opéra de Paris; Kristina Hammarström; Olivia Vermeulen

ParisJulie Fuchs – Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Rossini
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Enrique Mazzola; Julie Fuchs

ParisLa Cinquième – Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

© Christophe Urbain
Bach, Mahler
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Enrique Mazzola

ParisLondon Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Haitink

Dvořák, Mahler
London Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink; Isabelle Faust; Anna Lucia Richter

ParisLiberté ! – Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

© Christophe Urbain
Chopin, Shostakovich
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Jacek Kaspszyk; Louis Lortie
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An Afternoon with Nijinsky

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Verbruggen's Faun © Alice Blangero
As well as keeping the musical, choreographic and theatrical treasures of the Ballets Russes alive, En compagnie de Nijinsky reignites the company’s avant garde-ist vision.
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Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Tcherniakov reduces Berlioz' epic to little more than Circle Time therapy, a poor way to mark the composer's anniversary year.
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Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival

Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Hamlet lives! Ambroise Thomas' operatic take on The Bard has a particularly French ending but that doesn't spoil this terrific revival in Paris. 
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A celebration of French Baroque opera-ballet at Versailles

Edward Tracz (Actéon) © Bruce Zinger
Opera Atelier presents a double bill at the Royal Opera in Versailles filled with Baroque dancing, scenery and music.
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The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

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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.
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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!