Cher Public

We are all enfants de la Patrie

UPDATE: The Metropolitan Opera performed “La Marseillaise” before this afternoon’s performance of Tosca.   Read more »

Il existe une cité au séjour enchanté

Always look for the helpers.   Read more »

Étoile

Olga Peretyatko has officially left the chorus. The former member of the children’s choir at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is experiencing a meteoric rise, and for good reason. She has talent in spades and, fortunately, has elected to inject her energies into the bel canto repertoire.   Read more »

Capitol gains

Clemency tends to get a bad rap these days, as polities demand swift action by leaders whose mandates to govern are violently threatened by “terrorists.” Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito refocuses our attention on clemency as a virtue and a signal of strength and courage. I was fortunate to catch Wednesday’s opening performance of a new production of this opera at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, directed by Denis Podalydès (Sociétaire de la Comédie-Français).  Read more »

The coast of Bohemia

What would you do if I asked you to take a old, faded version of Puccini’s score for La Bohème and fill in the unreadable parts with a mélange of disco, kabarett, and Alban Berg?

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Oh ciel! Che intendo!

Heaven temporarily relocated to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Sunday evening for a concert performance of Rossini’s revered but rarely heard Semiramide.

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All mysteries

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith… I am nothing.”

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Golden apple

Paris can be a lot to handle, but this week it was a lot to Handel.

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