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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Paris

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ParisMinuit à Vienne – Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

© Christophe Urbain
Suppe, Strauss I, Strauss
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Enrique Mazzola

ParisNuits d'été – Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

© Christophe Urbain
Berlioz, Ravel, Roussel
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Fabien Gabel; Karine Deshayes

ParisRotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris

Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Sergey Khachatryan

ParisIl primo omicidioNew production

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

ParisRotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest

Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Sergey Khachatryan
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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.
***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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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!