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  • Order above all else - Interview with Ève-Maud Hubeaux
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    Order above all else - Interview with Ève-Maud Hubeaux

  • The two faces of Odette and Odile
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    The two faces of Odette and Odile

  • Voices from the Troupe: Florent Mbia
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    Voices from the Troupe: Florent Mbia

  • A cathartic experience - Léonore Baulac rehearses Bluebeard
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    A cathartic experience - Léonore Baulac rehearses Bluebeard

  • Spontini's La Vestale, a great Napoleonic opera
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    Spontini's La Vestale, a great Napoleonic opera

  • Draw-me La Vestale
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    Draw-me La Vestale

  • Podcast La Vestale with France Musique
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    Podcast La Vestale with France Musique

  • Dancing with words
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    Dancing with words

  • La Vestale: a prophetic opera - Interview with Lydia Steier
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    La Vestale: a prophetic opera - Interview with Lydia Steier

Order above all else - Interview with Ève-Maud Hubeaux

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6:06 min

Order above all else - Interview with Ève-Maud Hubeaux

By Isabelle Stibbe

Mezzo-soprano Ève-Maud Hubeaux discusses her preparation for the role of the Chief Vestal, Lydia Steier's staging and the musical particularities of Gaspare Spontini's three-act opera La Vestale.

The two faces of Odette and Odile

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Bleuenn Battistoni rehearses Swan Lake

4:45 min

The two faces of Odette and Odile

By Antony Desvaux

On the occasion of the revival of Swan Lake at the Opéra Bastille, Bleuenn Battistoni rehearses Rudolf Nureyev's choreography alongside her partners Hugo Marchand and Florent Melac.

The Étoile dancer talks about the dual character of Odette and Odile, which allows her to work on several facets: animal gestures, a manipulative dimension, and a purer femininity.

She stresses the importance of oral transmission in studio work, notably with coach Claude de Vulpian.

Finally, she confides how much the music of Swan Lake has become inscribed in her body over the years, as a result of the different roles she has interpreted in this ballet.  

Voices from the Troupe: Florent Mbia

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5:30 min

Voices from the Troupe: Florent Mbia

By Isabelle Stibbe

The Paris Opera is launching a new series, Voices from the Troupe, to learn more about the talents who have joined the institution's new opera group.

To coincide with La Vestale, Florent Mbia, who plays the Chief of the Aruspices and a consul, discusses his career, from discovering his voice in Cameroon to joining the Troupe, via his years in the Paris Opera Chorus.

A cathartic experience - Léonore Baulac rehearses Bluebeard

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6:24 min

A cathartic experience - Léonore Baulac rehearses Bluebeard

By Antony Desvaux

On the occasion of the repertory debut of Barbe-Bleue, Léonore Baulac talks about the role of Judith she plays in this ballet by Pina Bausch, created in 1977.

The Étoile dancer plays a woman whose curiosity leads her to confront a man who is both terrible and manipulative. She underlines the harshness and cruelty of a story that echoes our own times.

She explains the central role of the tape recorder and Béla Bartók's music, and describes her work in the studio with her partner Takeru Coste.

Finally, she looks back at Pina Bausch's writing technique, based on repetition to the point of exhaustion, which allows her to transcend herself.

Spontini's La Vestale, a great Napoleonic opera

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Interview with Bertrand de Billy

7:33 min

Spontini's La Vestale, a great Napoleonic opera

By Marion Mirande

First performed in 1807 at the Paris Opera, Gaspare Spontini's La Vestale bridges worlds: the musical worlds of the Baroque, of Gluck and Mozart, with a modernity that heralds Romanticism, and the historical worlds of Roman antiquity and the Napoleonic Empire.

A work of fusion, a political work, ‘the first French grand opera’ according to Bertrand de Billy, who conducts it, in a new production directed by Lydia Steier. 

Draw-me La Vestale

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Draw-me La Vestale

By Matthieu Pajot

Podcast La Vestale with France Musique

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Dance! Sing! Tales of Opera and Ballet

Podcast La Vestale with France Musique

By Charlotte Landru-Chandès

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Dancing with words

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Backstage with Cosi fan tutte

4:00 min

Dancing with words

By Octave

A l’occasion de la nouvelle production de Così fan tutte mise en scène par Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, rencontre en répétition avec les chanteurs Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Guglielmo) et Michèle Losier (Dorabella), et les danseurs Michaël Pomero (Guglielmo) et Cynthia Loemij (Fiordiligi).    

La Vestale: a prophetic opera - Interview with Lydia Steier

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5:47 min

La Vestale: a prophetic opera - Interview with Lydia Steier

By Isabelle Stibbe

After Salome, Lydia Steier returns to the Paris Opera with her new production of Gaspare Spontini's La Vestale.

She explains the synopsis, the work's place in the history of opera, her dramaturgical vision and the contribution of Elza van den Heever in the title role.

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