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ParisTiton et l'Aurore

de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore
William Christie; Basil Twist; Opéra Comique; Jean Kalman; Reinoud Van Mechelen

ParisLe Bourgeois gentilhomme

Lully: Le bourgeois gentilhomme
Thibault Noally; Jérôme Deschamps; Opéra Comique; Félix Deschamps; Vanessa Sannino; Aurélien Gabrielli; Vincent Debost
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ParisHippolyte et AricieNew production

Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo (Phèdre) und Séraphine Cotrez (Œnone) © Stéfan Brion
Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
Raphaël Pichon; Jeanne Candel; Opéra Comique; Lisa Navarro; Pauline Kieffer; Reinoud Van Mechelen; Elsa Benoit

ParisTiton et l'Aurore

Titon et l'Aurore at the Opéra Comique © Stefan Brion
de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore
William Christie; Basil Twist; Opéra Comique; Jean Kalman; Reinoud Van Mechelen
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Titon et l'Aurore: flying sheep at the Opéra Comique

Titon et l'Aurore at the Opéra Comique © Stefan Brion
In Basil Twist's staging of Titon et l'Aurore, William Christie shows the breadth of his talent in 18th century French repertoire, conducting an cast which excels in both main and supporting roles.
*****
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Operatic magic: Ercole Amante at the Opéra Comique

Nahuel di Pierro (Hercule) © S. Brion
Voices, orchestra staging: everything in this Ercole Amante is light and magic, to the great delight of the Salle Favart audience.
*****
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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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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. 
****1
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For whom the bell tolls at the Opéra Comique

Edgaras Montvidas (Conrad), Raphaëlle Delaunay (Fiammetta) and Tassis Christoyannis (Spiridion) © Pierre Grosbois
Palazzetto Bru Zane, spurred on by the zealous advocacy of conductor François-Xavier Roth, has turned to Saint-Saëns' very first opera, Le Timbre d'argent.
***11
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Le Pré aux clercs charms Wexford

A traditionally staged Le Pré aux clercs fresh from Paris' Opéra Comique is presented with colour and joie de vivre.
****1
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