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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Paris

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ParisÉtoiles de l'Opéra

Hugo Marchand et Ludmila Pagliero dans Trois Gnossiennes © Svetlana Loboff / Opéra national de Paris
Debussy, Chopin, Satie, Willems, Kodály, Saint-Saëns
Alastair Marriott; John Neumeier; Hans van Manen; William Forsythe; Martha Graham; Jerome Robbins; Mathieu Ganio; Ludmila Pagliero; Hugo Marchand; Sae Eun Park

ParisRudolf Noureev – chorégraphies

Amandine Albisson et Audric Bezard dans Le Lac des Cygnes © Svetlana Loboff / Opéra national de Paris
Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Minkus
Rudolf Nureyev; Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris; Paul Marque; Dorothée Gilbert; Alice Renavand; Florent Magnenet

ParisParis Debut Recital: Chopin & Beethoven

Chopin, Beethoven
Gerardo Teissonnière, Piano

ParisThe Ugly Duckling

ParisBallaké Sissoko et Vincent Segal

Sissoko
Ballake Sissoko; Vincent Ségal; Musiciens de l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
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Kitchen sink Carmen: Măcelaru rounds off the ONF season in style

ONF Percussion © France Musique
The percussion department of the Orchestre National de France took their turn in the spotlight for Rodion Shchedrin's ballet. 
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A double cause for celebration in Paris

Klaus Mäkelä © Philharmonie de Paris
Not only was this the first time that Klaus Mäkelä had conducted the Orchestre de Paris since his appointment as Music Director Designate, it was the first time audiences returned to the Philharmonie. 
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A female voice florilegium: Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans in Paris

Marie-Nicole Lemieux © Geneviève LeSieur

A great performance of Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio, with Marie-Nicole Lemieux as the protagonist, under the baton of Jean-Chirstophe Spinosi.

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A long road to nowhere for Igor at the Bastille

Ildar Abdrazakov (Igor) © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra de Paris
Barrie Kosky's makes a limited impact in his debut at Opéra de Paris, apart from an hallucinogenic Polovtsian Dances.
***11
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Operatic magic: Ercole Amante at the Opéra Comique

Nahuel di Pierro (Hercule) © S. Brion
Voices, orchestra staging: everything in this Ercole Amante is light and magic, to the great delight of the Salle Favart audience.
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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!