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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Paris

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ParisDupont, Schumann, Chopin

© Jean-Baptiste Millot
Dupont, Schumann, Chopin
Severin von Eckardstein, Piano

ParisPierre Robert: Grands Motets

© CMBV
Robert
Olivier Schneebeli; Marine Lafdal-Franc; Clément Debieuvre; Antonin Rondepierre; David Witczak

ParisDans les salons parisiens sous le 1er Empire

Dans les salons parisiens sous le 1er Empire
Dussek, Adam, Beethoven, De Montgéroult, Mozart, Steibelt, Hérold
Piet Kuijken; Luca Montebugnoli; Eloy Orzaiz; Marta Ramirez

ParisFestival Présences, concert 5 : Trio Catch

Urquiza, Fujikura, Illean, Bertrand
Trio Catch

ParisFestival Présences, concert 7 : Figures – Doubles – Prismes

Benjamin, Anderson, Fujikura, Boulez
Orchestre National de France; Pascal Rophé; Alban Gerhardt; Patrick Messina; Christelle Pochet
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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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Weber's Freischütz minus the magic at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Vladimir Baykov (Kaspar) © Julien Benamou
A disappointing staging of Weber's supernatural opera by Compagnie 14:20 in Paris
**111
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Les Indes galantes: with Alarcón, Rameau conquers the Bastille

Les Indes galantes at Opéra Bastille, with the dance company Rualité © Little Shao / Opéra national de Paris
The new production of Les Indes galantes at Opéra Bastille is exceptional, from the vocal cast to the choreography by Bintou Dembélé. But the stand-out performance of the evening comes from conductor Leonardo Garcia Alarcón.
*****
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The Carsen effect: brilliant Iphigénie in Paris

Iphigénie en Tauride at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées © Vincent Pontet
The Canadian director's aesthetic is a perfect fit for Gluck's work. Dazzling performances by Gaëlle Arquez and Stéphane Degout. Great musical direction by Thomas Hengelbrock.
*****
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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!