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« Under the baton of Daniel Kawka, the “Richard Wagner European Orchestra” turned in a performance fit to grace any opera house on the planet. The orchestral textures were sumptuous and there was a constant sense of forward impulse from beginning to end. »
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An invitation to travel: Opéra de Dijon's 2017-18 Season

© Gilles Abegg
Following on from Central Europe, the East and North America, Dijon takes on the flavours of the Iberian world – Spain, Portugal and Latin America
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DijonFantaisie à 5 claviers

Fantaisie à 5 claviers
Bach, Bach C.P.E., Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Scriabin, Schnittke
Alexander Melnikov, Piano

DijonPygmalion

Pygmalion
Rameau: Pygmalion
Emmanuelle Haïm; Opéra de Dijon; Maciej Fiszer; Olivier Bériot; Reinoud Van Mechelen; Hasnaa Bennani

DijonBertrand Chamayou

Bertrand Chamayou
Schumann, Brahms
Orchestre des Champs-Elysées; Philippe Herreweghe; Bertrand Chamayou

DijonDanses espagnoles

Danses espagnoles
Granados, Rodrigo, Chabrier, Bizet
Orchestre Dijon-Bourgogne; Gergely Madaras; Thibaut Garcia
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The Dijon Ring – Part 2

Sabine Hogrefe as Brünnhilde  © Gilles Abegg, Opéra de Dijon
Presenting Das Rheingold and Die Walküre in a single evening is audacious enough. To put on a Ring cycle in a week-end, you have to follow this by doing the same with Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, which requires something even more radical. Opéra de Dijon’s director Laurent Joyeux and dramaturg Stephen Sazio set themselves the task of cutting eight hours of music down to five.
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The Dijon Ring – Part 1

© Gilles Abegg, Opéra de Dijon
Putting on a Ring cycle is normally considered a major undertaking for any opera company. For a mid-sized provincial opera company, the idea of staging the whole cycle in a weekend seems barely short of insane. But that’s what Opéra de Dijon are doing – Das Rheingold and Die Walküre last night, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung tonight, and it just had to be seen.
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Les Contes d’Hoffmann font flipper l’Opéra de Dijon

© Gilles Abegg | Opéra de Dijon
Pour apprécier ces Contes d’Hoffmann à leur juste valeur, il faut accepter d’oublier tout – ou presque – ce que l’on en connaît.
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Pinocchio à l’Opéra de Dijon : un opéra pour petits et grands

© Patrick Berger
Combinant humour, étrangeté et références aux grands compositeurs du passé, Pinocchio s’adresse à tous, enfants comme adultes, et offre de nombreux niveaux de lecture.
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