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

Pont des Arts, Paris © Benh Lieu Song
Pont des Arts, Paris
© Benh Lieu Song
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ParisEnescu, Bartók, Janáček, Kodály

Enescu, Bartók, Janáček, Kodály
Orchestre National de France; Lawrence Foster; Evgeny Kissin

ParisBeethoven, Claire de Lune

Beethoven, Brahms
François-Frédéric Guy, Piano

ParisRequiem de Fauré

Messiaen, Stravinsky, Fauré
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Sofi Jeannin; Hila Fahima; Jean-François Lapointe; Vincent Warnier; Chœur de Radio France

ParisRavel : Concerto en Sol

Blacher, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov
Orchestre National de France; Emmanuel Krivine; Martha Argerich

ParisFerneyhough

Ferneyhough
Brad Lubman; Irvine Arditti; Lucas Fels; Paul Cannon; Arditti String Quartet
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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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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