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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in France

Interviews
Pierre Audi: thirty years of mythic mystery
The director/producer of more than 400 operas tells us about La morte d'Orfeo, his last production before leaving for Aix in September, about Wagner, about working with the visual arts and more...
Opera and Dance
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DijonThe Story of Babar

Poulenc: Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant
Claire-Marie Le Guay; Pio Marmaï

ParisRotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris

Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Sergey Khachatryan

ParisIl primo omicidioNew production

Scarlatti: Caino, overo il primo omicidio
René Jacobs; Romeo Castellucci; Opéra de Paris; Kristina Hammarström; Olivia Vermeulen

StrasbourgChostakovich

Shostakovich
Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg; Marko Letonja; Jean-Guihen Queyras
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Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival

Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Hamlet lives! Ambroise Thomas' operatic take on The Bard has a particularly French ending but that doesn't spoil this terrific revival in Paris. 
****1
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A celebration of French Baroque opera-ballet at Versailles

Edward Tracz (Actéon) © Bruce Zinger
Opera Atelier presents a double bill at the Royal Opera in Versailles filled with Baroque dancing, scenery and music.
***11
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Handel’s Rodelinda: A strong season opening at Opéra de Lille

Jeanine De Bique (Rodelinda) and Tim Mead (Bertarido) © Simon Gosselin
A great cast of exciting singers seals a success in Lille, despite a new production which fails to convince.
****1
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The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

recadre
In Bérénice, given its world première at the Opéra Garnier, composer Michael Jarrell revisits Racine's refined tragedy with the help of the inspired voices of Barbara Hannigan and Bo Skovhus.
***11
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