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Iphigénie en Tauride at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées © Vincent Pontet
Paris

The Carsen effect: brilliant Iphigénie in Paris

By , 22 June 2019
*****
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Don Giovanni at Palais Garnier © Charles Duprat / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Don Giovanni according to Ivo van Hove: a puritan despite himself?

By , 16 June 2019
***11
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Behzod Abduraimov © Evgeny Eutykhov
Paris

In Paris, Lugansky and Abduraimov reveal Rachmaninov the poet and the lover

By , 28 April 2019
****1
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Denis Matsuev © Columbia Artists
Paris

Rachmaninov gets a hammering at the hands of Denis Matsuev in Paris

By , 27 April 2019
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Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Verbruggen's Faun © Alice Blangero
Paris

An Afternoon with Nijinsky and Maillot's excellent Ballets de Monte-Carlo

By , 09 February 2019
***11
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

By , 25 January 2019
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Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

“A very palpable hit”: Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival at the Opéra Comique

By , 17 December 2018
****1
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Edward Tracz (Actéon) © Bruce Zinger
Paris

A celebration of French Baroque opera-ballet: Actéon and Pigmalion at Versailles

By , 02 December 2018
***11
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Paris

The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois) © Opéra de Paris | Agathe Poupeney
Paris

Lisette Oropesa conquers Paris in Les Huguenots

By , 28 September 2018
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© Andrea Fernandez
Paris

Risky Business at Hotel de Sully with Ambre Senatore's Promenade

By , 24 July 2018
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© François Stemmer
Paris

Human Flesh in Frangible Ritual in Dubois' Tragédie

By , 19 July 2018
****1
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Victoire Bunel (Théone) © Andrey Chuntomov
Paris

Russia meets France: Lully’s Phaéton in Versailles

By , 03 June 2018
****1
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Vannina Santoni (Princess Saamcheddine) and Jean-Sébastien Bou (Mârouf) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

Full of eastern promise: Mârouf, savetier du Caire at the Opéra Comique

By , 23 April 2018
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David Grimal © Caroline Doutre
Paris

¡Viva España! A day trip to Spain for Les Dissonances

By , 27 January 2018
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Ian Bostridge (Jephtha) and Katherine Watson (Iphis) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

“It must be so": Handel's Jephtha at the Palais Garnier

By , 13 January 2018
****1
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Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu
Paris

Lully's Alceste a great success in Versailles

By , 10 December 2017
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Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Yannick Nézet-Séguin © François Goupil
Paris

As English as roast beef: Nézet-Séguin and L'Orchestre Métropolitain bring Elgar to Paris

By , 03 December 2017
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Andrea Bonsignore (Agrippo), Jakub Józef Orliński (Orimeno) and Francesca Aspromonte (Erismena) © Pascal Victor
Paris

Cavalli's Erismena charms in Versailles

By , 02 December 2017
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Franco Fagioli © Julian Laidig
Paris

Baroque pyrotechnics: Handel's Serse dazzles at Versailles

By , 19 November 2017
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Sesto) and Ramón Vargas (Tito) © Sébastien Mathé | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Stéphanie d'Oustrac shines as Sesto in Willy Decker's Paris Clemenza

By , 18 November 2017
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Elīna Garanča (Eboli) © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra de Paris
Paris

Gold-plated Don Carlos cast compensates for Warlikowski’s frosty Paris staging

By , 28 October 2017
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Edgaras Montvidas (Conrad), Raphaëlle Delaunay (Fiammetta) and Tassis Christoyannis (Spiridion) © Pierre Grosbois
Paris

For whom the bell tolls: Saint-Saëns' Le Timbre d'argent chimes again at the Opéra Comique

By , 09 June 2017
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Judith van Wanroij (Phèdre) © Grégory Forestier
Paris

Lemoyne's Phèdre: intense mythological drama at the Bouffes du Nord

By , 08 June 2017
****1
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Hervé Niquet and cast at the TCE © Gaëlle Astier-Perret
Paris

Halévy's La Reine de Chypre claims three tenor victims in Paris

By , 07 June 2017
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Geneviève Laurenceau © Yvan Schawandascht
Paris

Nights in the Harem: Scheherazade spins her tales with the Orchestre Pasdeloup

By , 20 May 2017
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Marianne Crebassa, Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse © Patrice Nin
Paris

Return to the harem: Marianne Crebassa seduces in Ravel's Shéhérazade in Paris

By , 20 May 2017
*****
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Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles | Decca
Paris

Autumnal Strauss, then a bracing mountain trek with the Staatskapelle Dresden in Paris

By , 19 May 2017
****1
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Kate Lindsey © Rosetta Greek
Paris

From the Auvergne to St Petersburg: a travelogue with the Orchestre de Paris

By , 18 May 2017
***11
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Peter Mattei (Onegin) and Anna Netrebko (Tatyana) © Guergana Damianova | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Netrebko in majestic form as Tatyana in Paris Onegin

By , 16 May 2017
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Elena Manistina (Spring Beauty) and Aida Garifullina (Snegurochka) © Elisa Haberer | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Rites of Spring: Tcherniakov embraces Rimsky-Korsakov's hymn to nature at the Bastille

By , 15 April 2017
****1
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Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves
Paris

By the rivers of Babylon: Daniel Harding conducts Widmann at the Philharmonie

By , 25 January 2017
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Véronique Gens (Iphigénie) © Guergana Damianova | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Warlikowski's provocative staging of Iphigénie en Tauride a theatrical experience in Paris

By , 02 December 2016
***11
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Kronos Quartet © Jay Blakesberg
Paris

Joyeux anniversaire, Steve! Reich celebrations at the Paris Philharmonie

By , 13 November 2016
****1
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Johanna Griebel (Polly) and Christopher Nell (Macheath) © Barbara Braun
Paris

Robert Wilson's codified universe returns to The Threepenny Opera in Paris

By , 25 October 2016
****1
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Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset © Jacques Verrees
Paris

Purcell and Charpentier double bill help celebrate Les Talens Lyriques' 25th anniversary in Paris

By , 01 October 2016
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Bela Lugosi as Dracula in 1931 © Wikicommons
Paris

Spooky spectacle: Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet resurrect Dracula at the Philharmonie

By , 07 July 2016
***11
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Counter Phrases © Thierry De Mey
Paris

Music, dance, film: Counter Phrases, a work for all the senses

By , 17 May 2016
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Brett Polegato (Kurwenal), Rachel Nicholls (Isolde) and Torsten Kerl (Tristan) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

A rapturous Tristan und Isolde in Paris

By , 15 May 2016
****1
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Herbert Wernicke’s Rosenkavalier © Emilie Brouchon / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Depth on the surface: Herbert Wernicke’s Rosenkavalier keeps on dazzling Bastille

By , 09 May 2016
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Sonya Yoncheva (Iolanta), Vito Priante (Ibn-Hakia), Marion Barbeau (Marie) et al © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Tcherniakov triumphs with Iolanta, but hobbles Nutcracker at the Garnier

By , 11 March 2016
***11
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Olivier Latry, Fabien Gabel and the ONF © Mark Pullinger
Paris

From pulpit to fairground: a fête à la française with the ONF

By , 10 March 2016
****1
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Laurence Equilbey © Charles d'Hérouville | Philharmonie de Paris
Paris

Dancing bear, tame beasts: Insula Orchestra tackles Beethoven

By , 08 March 2016
***11
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Khatia Buniatishvili © Julia Wesely
Paris

Fabulous, flamboyant Liszt from Khatia Buniatishvili in Paris

By , 07 March 2016
****1
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Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © Charles Duprat | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Burning bright: a vocally superb Trovatore ignites the Bastille

By , 31 January 2016
****1
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Max Richter Ensemble, Paris © Julien Mignot | Philharmonie de Paris
Paris

Richter recomposes Vivaldi at the Paris Philharmonie

By , 10 January 2016
*****
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<span>Ana Laguna and Yvan Auzely in Axe</span> © Leslie Spinks
Paris

Mats Ek waves goodbye with a raw retrospective From Black to Blue

By , 07 January 2016
***11
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Fazil Say © Mustafa Toygun Ozdemir
Paris

Fazil charms Parisian audience with Beethoven, Debussy, Satie... and Say

By , 15 December 2015
****1
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Barbara Hannigan (Elle) and Claude Bardouil (Lui) © Bernd Uhlig | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Wild dialogues: Bluebeard's Castle and La Voix humaine at the Palais Garnier

By , 23 November 2015
****1
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Dorothée Gilbert (Nikiya) © Little Shao | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

La Bayadère fails to storm the Opéra Bastille

By , 20 November 2015
***11
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