Opera

"…or not to be"

https://youtu.be/ReOau8_zfRY William Shakespeare's play provided opera with sufficiently powerful literary and dramaturgical material to inspire the Romantic generation with powerful masterpieces, from Bellini to Gounod…

The chemistry of pain

Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto); Erin Morley (Gilda) For this production, the famous largest curtain in the world is replaced by a transparent canvas on which faces…

Rex Progress

James Creswell (Trulove), Golda Schultz (Ann), Ben Bliss (Tom), Christian van Horn (Nick Shadow) Stravinsky long dithered around the opera genre, using reduced and composite…

The prince in sneakers and the princess in knickers

"Dreaming does not preclude thinking", says Mariame Clément in an interview about her production of Massenet's Cendrillon for the Paris Opera. One would like…

Turandot or Eastern magic

Turandot, it goes without saying in view of the popularity and diffusion it has achieved, is the last of the operas written by Puccini;…

No blackface, just blackhand

All this can be learned by reading the house programme published for the new production, a small volume on which we would like some…

Journey around her room

One might be tempted to say that everything takes place in a single set, but that would not do justice to the transformations of…

Musical wonders of a post-colonial Aida in Paris

Streaming on ArteConcert : https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/100855–001‑A/giuseppe-verdi-aida/ Prerequisite Strangely enough, this popular opera, warmly applauded by the 15,000 spectators which the Verona festival attracts for each performance, was neglected…

Wagner’s Ring in Locked-Down Paris : What's the Point ? Why not !

Alas, where now is that contempt for fate ? Where is that heart fit for adversity, That honest craving for immortality, And that fine flame that scorned the…