Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Paris

Pont des Arts, Paris © Benh Lieu Song
Pont des Arts, Paris
© Benh Lieu Song
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ParisProkofiev, Concerto pour violon

Prokofiev, Mendelssohn
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Sofi Jeannin; Vadim Repin; Manuel Metzger; Catherine Cournot; Joseph Andre

ParisRoyal ! - Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

Handel, Haydn
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Ottavio Dantone

ParisHip-hop symphonique

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Dina Gilbert; Unknown

ParisTableaux d’une exposition

Copland, Lindberg, Schuller, Mussorgsky
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Håkan Hardenberger

ParisJaap van Zweden / Renaud Capuçon / Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Shostakovich, Bernstein, Beethoven
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Jaap van Zweden; Renaud Capuçon
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Baroque pyrotechnics: Handel's Serse dazzles at Versailles

An evening of exquisite Baroque music and flamboyant coloratura at the Royal Theatre in Versailles.
*****
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac shines as Sesto in Paris

Marble and solitude: Willy Decker's view of La clemenza di Tito is revived with a strong cast at L'Opéra de Paris.
***11
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Gold-plated cast compensates for frosty staging

Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new Paris staging of Verdi's epic Don Carlos is cold and glassy, but the vocal performances at the Bastille more than compensate.
***11
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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.
***11
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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. 
****1
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