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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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DijonNabucco

Nabucco
Verdi: Nabucco
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Marie-Ève Signeyrole; Opéra de Dijon; Fabien Teigné; Yashi; Nikoloz Lagvilava; Mary Elizabeth Williams

RouenKronos and Kairos

of Bingen, Hahne, Vivaldi, Geminiani, Cage, Simons, Riley, Handel
B'Rock Orchestra; Dorothee Oberlinger

ParisRouge – Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

© Christophe Urbain
Rouse, Mussorgsky
Orchestre national d'Île de France; Case Scaglione; Nathan Meltzer

DijonRequiem for L

Mozart: Requiem for L
Alain Platel; Les ballets C de la B
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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

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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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Lisette Oropesa conquers Paris in Les Huguenots

Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois) © Opéra de Paris | Agathe Poupeney
It's a big night at the Opéra Bastille for their 350th anniversary season; Oropesa's dazzling coloratura stops the show; Andreas Kriegenburg sets the action interestingly in a Star Trek future.
***11
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Risky Business at Hotel de Sully

© Andrea Fernandez
Ambra Senatore’s Promenade À Sully presented as part of the Paris L'Eté festival manages to navigate the chance of site specific work with quirky and refreshing ease
***11
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