Tuesday 2 August 2011
en vente dès le 6 septembre 2011
Spreading it wings independent of the programmes of the two main auditoriums, the 2011-2012 Convergences season promises us marvellous surprises and original artistic adventures. However, although standing apart from previous seasons, the programme remains faithful to the guiding principles that have made its success: rediscovering rare and quintessential works from the history of music and enabling audiences to enjoy a privileged contact with major international performers.



On sale as of September 6 2011, your Pass' Convergences allows you to attend the entire series of concerts, recitals, literary evenings and to enjoy preferential prices for the operas performed in the Amphitheatre this season.



When the Opera revisits its history
A poet at the heart of the artistic debates that troubled his time, a true lover of the vocal arts, fascinated by the language of choreography and its power to transfigure the human body, Théophile Gautier's Giselle is an emblematic work of the Paris Opera Ballet. On the occasion of his bicentenary the Opera pays him tribute bringing together actor Jacques Bonnaffé, soprano Françoise Masset, viola player Laurent Verney, pianist Nicolas Stavy and Etoile dancers Clairemarie Osta and Mathieu Ganio for two special evenings combining poetry, music and dance.

A tribute to French music
French music is at the heart of this season's Convergences, offering us once more an opportunity to appreciate sadly neglected masterpieces: Lili Boulanger's song cycle Clairières dans le ciel performed by Yann Beuron, Le Miroir de Jésus by André Caplet, performed by Janina Baechle accompanied by the Chorus and musicians of the Paris Opera, not to forget rare mélodies by Berlioz, Gounod, Bizet and Massenet sung by Karine Deshayes. Sophie Karthäuser and Cédric Tiberghien devote an entire evening to Paul Verlaine. Convergences regulars pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the Quatuor Danel return to perform pieces by Debussy and Fauré. Elisabeth Leonskaja, the exceptional Schubertian performs a rare programme combining Enescu, Ravel and Debussy along with César Franck's monumental quintet in the company of the Quatuor Aron.

Defense and illustration of the Lied
Mélodies and Lieder form another of the season's guiding threads. This repertoire, less and less performed, will be defended and illustrated by its finest proponents: the German soprano Juliane Banse, a disciple Brigitte Fassbaender, and Martin Helmchen will perform Schubert and Wolf. Sophie Koch, accompanied on the piano by François-Frédéric Guy, will interpret lieder and mélodies by Liszt and Wagner. Soile Isokoski, who sang La Vie de Marie last season, returns with lieder by Strauss. Topi Lehtipuu will give us, in particular, a performance of Schubert's Dichterliebe.

Three operas at the Amphitheatre
2012 is Debussy year. At the same time as Pelléas et Mélisande is performed on the stage of the Opéra Bastille, the Amphitheatre will present two unfinished operas by the composer, both inspired by the master of fantasy, Edgar Allan Poe: Le Diable dans le beffroi and La Chute de la Maison Usher, two fascinating works in a production by the Opéra français de New York, with Philipp Addis and the Soloists of the Atelier Lyrique.

In 1897 Palais Garnier audiences attended the first French performances of Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. The Convergences season invites us to relive this historic date with a truly exciting artistic adventure: the first scene of Act III (just over an hour of music) performed in a faithful reconstitution of the sets and staging of the era. This production will be accompanied by a colloquium on Performing Wagner in 19th century Paris.