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The Bastille Opera House in closed for works until end of November 2020.
A very special season is announced at the Paris National Opera since 2020-2021 marks the end of the mandate of Stéphane Lissner, director of this great institution and of Philippe Jordan, the musical director who are both admired by all. After having experienced a most tormented 19-20 season, it is now time to rejoice because, to the delight of music lovers, exceptional artists are once again present offering their talents to the audience.
An opera stands out as one of the biggest highlights of the international season. Tickets must be purchased as soon as possible in order not to miss the unique performances of the new production of Verdi’s Aida. Under the direction of Michele Mariotti and with Lotte de Beer directing, it brings together a phenomenal distribution. Sondra Radvanovsky is a dream Aida facing Elina Garanca's incandescent Amneris. On the male side, Ludovic Tézier, the greatest Verdian baritone of today, embodies Amonasro while the superstar Jonas Kaufmann is Radamès! Another series of performances is also to be noted with Elena Stikhina and Piero Pretti, remarkable rising stars. Among the new highly anticipated productions, in addition to the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie's third opera (le soulier de satin (The satin shoe) staged by Stanislas Nordey), a Faust by Gounod seems essential thanks to the vibrant Ermonela Jaho, the impressive Ildar Abdrazakov and Benjamin Bernheim, a perfection in the role of Faust.
Speaking of tenor, what would a season be without the huge Roberto Alagna on display? Tickets should be reserved at the Opera Bastille for a performance of Tosca by Puccini with the magnificent soprano Aleksandra Kurzak. Alternately, we can applaud Maria Agresta, Michael Fabiano and again Ludovic Tézier in one of his greatest roles, Il Barone Scarpia. Inaugurated more than thirty years ago, the Opéra Bastille has key productions we happily rediscover on the program such as Donizetti´s L’elisir d'amore by Laurent Pelly or Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). The brilliant staging of Robert Carsen is resumed with a formidable cast: Cyrille Dubois, Julie Fuchs, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Christiane Karg, Mélissa Petit (in a too tiny role), the indefatigable Florian Sempey and Sabine Devieilhe who returns as the Queen of the Night. In the Russian repertoire, one is happy to once again be able to applaud Dmitri Tcherniakov's great success with an enchanting show, Rimsky-Korsakov's Snegurotchka (Snow Maiden). Two beautiful covers catch the eye. Carmen is embodied by Clémentine Margaine facing Vittorio Grigòlo or by Elina Garanca, sexy as the devil with Charles Castronovo in Don José and the adorable Nadine Sierra (Micaela). Verdi's Il Trovatore demands perfect distributions. Two superb Leonoras share the bill, Krassimira Stoyanova too rare in Paris, and Marina Rebeka, not to be missed, sing alongside Brian Jagde and the impeccable Daniela Barcellona and Luca Salsi. Opera tickets should be booked without delay, as well as tickets for concerts and dance performances.
Philippe Jordan conducts the fabulous Orchestra of the Paris National Opera in an exceptional concert and Daniel Barenboim is at the Philharmonie with Martha Argerich. On the dance side, three immense masterpieces are on display with La Bayadère and Romeo and Juliet by Rudolf Noureev and Notre-Dame de Paris by Roland Petit. Book without delay!
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