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Based on the eponymous play by Victorien Sardou, Puccini’s opera brings together all the elements of a melodrama: love, politics, violence and religion. Set against the backdrop of the struggle for Italian independence, Tosca is a tragic tale of thwarted love between a passionate, jealous and impulsive singer and a romantic, idealistic painter who champions civil liberties. In a period unsettled by the Battle of Marengo, which pits Napoléon Bonaparte’s French republican army against the Imperial army of the Holy Roman Empire, the terrible and manipulative chief of police Scarpia bargains with the singer: In exchange for spending one night alone with him, he will free her lover Mario. In order to escape his grasp, she murders him. However he will exact his revenge from beyond the grave. In a landscape reminiscent of Pasolini, the crushing shadow of a cross hovers above everyone, representing colluding political and religious oppression. Through the ubiquitous presence of religious references in both private and public spaces alike, director Pierre Audi’s interpretation skilfully sets out the dramatic lines of the narrative.
from 04 to 25 Jun 2021Book
In this production created for the Opera Ballet in 1984, Rudolf Nureyev opted for powerful dramatization. Splendour and violence, truculence and beauty mingle, rekindling the passion of Shakespeare’s drama. Scrupulously adhering to Prokofiev’s score, itself very close to the play, the choreographer produced a version of Romeo and Juliet in which “the young boy becomes a man” opposite a passionate Juliet who, barely out of childhood, also tragically enters womanhood. Their love cannot be openly declared, as their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are locked into an ancestral feud... Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, the sumptuous sets and costumes by Ezio Frigerio and Mauro Pagano transport us to a painstakingly recreated Verona.
from 10 Jun to 10 Jul 2021Book
“One of our own”, trained at the Paris Opera School of Dance, Roland Petit soon left the company to pursue his chosen pathway as a choreographer and performer. It was with his own company that he first enjoyed success and he did not return to the Paris Opera until 1955 and his premier production of Notre-Dame de Paris. There followed several years of unbroken collaboration, some of them stormy, with new works and new productions. To mark the tenth anniversary of his death, the Opera Ballet pays tribute to him with three of his mythical works: the sulphurous Carmen, the success of which in 1949 catapulted Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire to international fame; Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, a disturbing duet imagined around a libretto by Jean Cocteau and Le Rendez-vous based on a text by Prévert, with sets by Brassaï that bring Fifties Paris back to life. Three works that testify to the choreographer's highly individual trademark: theatrical pieces constructed around literary characters, bringing together on the same stage some of the great artists of the period.
from 28 May to 07 Jul 2021Book
For his residency as stage director at the Academy, Simon Valastro will build a staging workshop with scenes taken from Perrault and Grimm’s tales which stories inspired composers such as Rossini and Massenet (Cenerentola) and Humperdinck (Hänsel und Gretel). In these colourful musical landscape, Cenerentola, Hänsel and Gretel, unconscious but supported by their good fairies and preceptors, find their ways to recognition and happiness facing danger. How does music express what the texts could not? How to tell and put on the stage the strength of enchantment of these three musical tales?
Amphithéâtre Olivier Messiaen - Opéra Bastille
on 30 Jun 2021 at 8 pmDiscover
If the liaison between Titus and Berenice inspired one of the greatest French playwrights, it was the Roman Emperor himself, an incarnation of absolute sovereignty, that occupied the central position in what was to be Mozart’s last opera. Marking a return to opera seria in its formal constraints and choice of subject, the work nevertheless defies expectations, its humanity shining forth through an obscure clarity in which the hidden melancholy of a score composed by an already declining Mozart is discernible. Willy Decker’s streamlined production offers an exploration of the nature of power in which forgiveness and reconciliation are examined in all their strength and fragility.
from 30 Jun to 13 Jul 2021Book
on 02 Jul 2021 at 7:30 pmBook
Inaugurated in 1990, the “Jeunes danseurs” performances are the occasion for some of the young dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet to shine on the Garnier’s stage, performing roles traditionally danced by Etoiles dancers. For this new edition, the rising generation of the Ballet performs great classics (Noureev, Bournonville, Vainonen) as well as pas de deux by contemporary choreographers currently entering the repertoire (Preljocaj, Øyen, Wheeldon, Favier, Brumachon).
from 09 to 14 Jul 2021Book
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