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Composer: Massenet, Jules (1842-1912)

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Year of birth1842
Year of death1912
NationalityFrance
PeriodRomantic
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MadridThaïs

Thaïs
Massenet: Thaïs
Patrick Fournillier; Teatro Real; Ermonela Jaho; Michele Angelini; Plácido Domingo; Jean Teitgen

LivarotAprès un rêve

Fauré, Massenet, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Hahn, Godard
Ensemble Contraste; Arnaud Thorette; Antoine Pierlot; Johann Farjot

MallorcaIsabel Villanueva and François Dumont

Massenet, Franck, Ravel
Isabel Villanueva; François Dumont

BraunschweigGautier Capuçon - Intuition

Rossini, Haydn, Ravel, Sollima, Massenet, Popper
Orchestre de Chambre de Paris; Adrien Perruchon; Gautier Capuçon

ViennaWerther

Massenet: Werther
Frédéric Chaslin; Andrei Serban; Vienna State Opera; Peter Pabst; Petra Reinhardt; Dmitry Korchak; Sophie Koch
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A dark update for Werther in Prague

Štěpánka Pučálková (Charlotte) and Peter Berger (Werther) © Patrik Borecký
Willy Decker's enduring production gets smart treatment in a handsome revival.
****1
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Minnesota Opera's Thaïs: a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
In a highly effective stage presentation, the Minnesota Opera tells Jules Massenet’s story of two personalities whose spiritual journeys are like two ships passing in the night.
****1
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Polina and Friends gala wins Berlin balletomanes

Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel © Yan Revazov
Organised by Berlin State Ballet audience’s darling, the principal dancer Polina Semionova, the gala Polina & Friends and its stellar cast literally left the house roaring from enthusiasm.
*****
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A pleasant Cendrillon première at the Metropolitan Opera

Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Laurent Pelly’s staging provided some of the most memorable moments in this performance of Cendrillon
****1
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Vengerov and Osetinskaya explore Brahms at the Barbican

Maxim Vengerov © Benjamin Ealovega
Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya’s marathon of Brahms sonatas showed off the composer at his most lyrical and dramatic. 
****1
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