Bérénice - Opera - Season 18/19 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Michael Jarrell

    Palais Garnier - from 26 September to 17 October 2018

    Monika Rittershaus / OnP

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Palais Garnier - from 26 September to 17 October 2018


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Opera Michael Jarrell

Palais Garnier - from 26 September to 17 October 2018

1h30 no interval

Language : French

Surtitle : French / English

  • Pre-opening : 26 September 2018

    Opening night : 29 September 2018


In few words:

Titus, passionately in love with Berenice, sends her away from Rome “in spite of himself and in spite of her”, recounts Suetonius. Racine places this famous narrative at the heart of his peerless tragedy, Berenice, whose simplicity of plot constitutes a literary tour de force. Titus and Berenice love each other; under the watchful eye of Antiochus, the hopeless lover, they try yet refuse to understand each other. Taking up the “majestic sadness” of these alexandrines, among the greatest verses in the French language, Michael Jarrell amplifies the power of words, making them a vehicle for spaces and identities that, from Rome to Jerusalem, are unceasingly questioned.


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Audio clips


Bérénice (Saison 18/19) - Barbara Hannigan , Bo Skovhus, Alastair Miles , Rina Schenfeld

Bérénice (Saison 18/19) - Barbara Hannigan, Bo Skovhus, Ivan Ludlow

Bérénice (Saison 18/19)- Barbara Hannigan , Bo Skovhus

About the work

Media coverage

  • Cloudlike and smoky, the music of “Bérénice” whispers eerily, punctuating the clear, forceful vocal lines, which press the singers to the edges of their ranges, with eerie shadows and bronzed shimmers.

    Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times
  • Des chanteurs d’exception, une mise en scène remarquable et un orchestre de haut vol pour attiser les passion

    Sylvie Bonier, Le Temps
  • Voix remarquables, les interprètes font preuve d'un jeu d'une extrême finesse

    Lorenzo Ciavarini Azzi, Culturebox



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