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Performer: Chœur d'enfants de l'Opéra National de Paris

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ParisCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Domingo Hindoyan; Calixto Bieito; Opéra national de Paris; Keri-Lynn Wilson; Alfons Flores; Mercè Paloma; Clémentine Margaine
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Tcherniakov triumphs with Iolanta, but hobbles Nutcracker

In Paris, Russian enfant terrible reunites Iolanta with The Nutcracker... with wildly mixed results. 
***11
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Rustic chivalry and clowns in Paris: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

​In each case, you know the murder is coming. In each case the music is explosive and closes the opera: there is nothing left to say except Canio's simple words: "La commedia è finita.
****1
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Otello in Paris, a night for the singers

Otello, Verdi’s penultimate opera, is a tightly-wound setting of Shakespeare’s familiar tragedy. From the opening storm to the title character dying upon a kiss, it is more fragmentary and emotionally cool than his earlier work, an opera that tends to be more admired than loved.
****1
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Puccini's Il Trittico at Opéra Bastille

Puccini's Il Trittico, performed last night at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, is a unique item in the repertoire: a series of three one act operas with little to link them except the composer's conceit of what would work together in an evening. Each opera clocks in at something under an hour, and despite the relatively short duration, each has plenty of time to develop its characters.
*****
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Roméo et Juliette, Opéra national de Paris

Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris reprend Roméo & Juliette, l’une des plus brillantes pièces de Rudolf Noureev, entrée au répertoire de la compagnie en 1984 et régulièrement dansée depuis.
*****
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