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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in France

Here's the page to find out what's on in France, whether you're interested in opera, classical concerts, dance or ballet.
May 2018
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Focus on Ballet

The foundations of classical ballet: a French affair?

Louis XIV, represenetd as Louis Appolo © Wikicommons
It’s common knowledge that Louis XIV developed the foundations of classical ballet in the late 17th century, during his long and rather extraordinary reign as King of France. But was the French King the true mastermind of ballet technique? 

Ballet in Paris: a little History of the French Technique

Serge Lifar, dancer with Les Ballets Russes, and Director of the Paris Opéra Ballet © Wikicommons
Origins: from the Royal court of Louis XIV to neoclassicism.  The Paris Opera Ballet company has a long-standing History, dating back to 1662, and the establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse by Louis XIV. At the time, the Academy’s mission was to develop the theatrical dance style performed in court, which noblemen and the King himself took part in.

Pierre Audi: thirty years of mythic mystery

Pierre Audi © Sarah Wong
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...

Interview with François-Xavier Roth

François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
Ahead of Gürzenich Orchestra's live stream on 3rd October, we caught up with Chief Conductor François-Xavier Roth. 

Passionate about piano: Alain Lompech

Alain Lompech in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © Albert SIlver
Meet Alain Lompech, music critic and piano specialist, who for forty years has watched the development of the music scene in France and abroad.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, the cellist with a thousand faces

Jean-Guihen Queyras © Marco Borggreve
Queyras will be touring Europe from the end of November with Yannick Nézét-Séguin and the Montreal-based orchestra. We meet a musician who is as passionate as he is eclectic.
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Rochefort« Manga-Café / Trouble in Tahiti » – Deux opéras en un acte

Zavaro, Bernstein

LyonGerManiaWorld première

Raskatov: GerMania
Alejo Pérez; John Fulljames; Opéra de Lyon; Magda Willi; Michael Gniffke; Ville Rusanen; Andrew Watts

ParisOrchestre de chambre de Paris

Veress, Schumann, Brahms
Orchestre de Chambre de Paris; Tabea Zimmermann

CompiègneBernstein Centennial

Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland
Orchestre National de Picardie; Arie van Beek; Tai Murray
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Full of eastern promise: Mârouf at the Opéra Comique

Vannina Santoni (Princess Saamcheddine) and Jean-Sébastien Bou (Mârouf) © Vincent Pontet
An oriental sweetmeat from the pen of Henri Rabaud, based on a tale from The Arabian Nights, is revived triumphantly in Paris. 
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Argerich, Capuçon and friends close the Aix Easter Festival

Martha Argerich and Renaud Capuçon © Caroline Doutre
Daniel Barenboim's absence may have confounded the all-Debussy programme but it left the Aix audience with a beautifully balanced recital.
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The Hagen Quartet at the Festival de Pâques

The Hagen Quartet © Caroline Doutre
A performance that sacrificed a degree of Gallic fragrance in its pursuit of precision.
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Järvi's Brahms lights up the Aix Easter Festival

Paavo Järvi conducts the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen © Caroline Doutre
Aimez-vous Brahms? For anyone who thought they didn’t, this sharp, disciplined band will have made converts.
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Postcard from Paris

The Eiffel Tower by night © Mark Pullinger
In Paris to catch some culture? Here's our editor's suggestions on what to do in the city, what to see and where to eat.