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Take part in the "Rigoletto" competition
From May 03 until May 09, 2016, enter the "Rigoletto" Facebook competition for your chance to win the prize-draw of 2 tickets in seat Category 1 for a performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Opéra Bastille. The offer is valid until May 30, 2016 and subject to availability.
Established in 1982, this global event commemorates on April 29 the birthday of the founder of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810) and celebrates the universality of dance in all its forms and across all frontiers. Each year, an “international message” is delivered by a well-known personality from the world of dance and broadcast worldwide. For this year’s, International Dance Day 2016, the Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio has been selected to deliver it.
Carmen in Abidjan
In partnership with the Paris Opera, the French Institute of the Côte d’Ivoire is organising a screening of Carmen at 7pm on April 26, 2016 as part of the “Night at the Opera” festival. Côte d’Ivoire audiences will be able to rediscover Bizet’s masterpiece in a production by Calixto Bieito and, beforehand, enjoy a recital of opera arias by young singers. The director of the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner will present the evening during a short introductory video.
After a first season dedicated to La Damnation de Faust, members of the Berlioz Circle this year will be given the opportunity to discover the mysteries of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila and Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict. As generous art-loving philanthropists, our members have already had the privilege of meeting Stéphane Lissner, Director of the Paris Opera, and the young Italian stage director Damiano Michieletto.
From visits behind the scenes and tours of the Opéra Bastille’s studios, to concerts, private rehearsals and encounters with the artists themselves, the remainder of the programme will not fail to surprise.
The Friends of the Opera meet with Étoile dancer Laura Hecquet
On April 19, 2016 at the Palais Garnier, AROP members had the opportunity to participate in a discussion with dancer Laura Hecquet. Named an Étoile at the Paris Opera on March 23, 2015, the former AROP prizewinner was kind enough to share her passion for dance with the audience and evoked the key moments of her career.
Gurre-Lieder: cast change
Due to illness, Brigitte Fassbaender will be replaced in the role of the Narrator for this evening’s performance by Franz Mazura.
Philippe Jordan conducts Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder at the Philharmonie de Paris
On April 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm, the Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus made a guest appearance at the Philharmonie de Paris to perform the Austrian master’s magnificent early work for orchestra and chorus under the baton of their Musical Director Philippe Jordan. Foreshadowing the atonal revolution of 1912, Gurre-Lieder still belongs to the post-romantic tradition and demonstrates its orchestral power with an intense lyricism.
The Paris Opera Chorus is recruiting
From May 30 to June 04, 2016, the Paris Opera Chorus will be recruiting several choristers:
- 1 Bass 2
- 2 Tenor 2
- 1 Tenor 1
- 1 Alto 2
- 2 Soprano 1
Send your application before May 13, 2016. All the necessary information can be found on the website in the “Contests and auditions” section.
A vegetable garden on the roof of the Opéra Bastille
Paris City Hall has made it official: fruits and vegetables will soon be growing on the terraced roofs of the Opéra Bastille! Yes, the project for sustainable development “Parisculteurs” has chosen 47 sites, including the Opéra Bastille, with the intention of replanting sites around the city to promote the development of urban agriculture. A total of 5.5 hectares have been allocated to create green spaces and/or produce foodstuffs for localised distribution networks. After the publication of the technical specifications of each site on April 14, 2016, the project’s participants (farmers, landscapers, architects, agricultural entrepreneurs, start-ups, artists and associations) have until the summer to prepare their applications. In the autumn of 2016, an international jury will unveil the final projects that have been selected.
“An Evening of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at the Paris Opera” on ARTE
On April 11, 2016 at 12:30 am, the TV network ARTE aired three ballets by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The three-part performance, comprised of pieces by Bartók, Beethoven and Schönberg was last performed at the Palais Garnier in the autumn of 2015 when the work entered the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire and it demonstrates the choreographer’s remarkable dialogue with the great classic scores.