Brava: France’s Grand Opera Season is Here
Opera fans in France should keep eyes firmly on opera houses around the country where the tradition of lyric arts remains strong, impressive and currently embracing cinema and new technologies to expand reach and influence
France is a generous host to Bel Canto
and the magnificence of opulent Opera
For while the capital Paris is naturally the most richly endowed, good and often great productions also thrive at Lyon, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice, Monte Carlo, Bordeaux, Rouen, Lille, Nantes, Nancy, Reims, Clermont-Ferrand, Massy, Metz, Montpellier, Saint-Étienne, Caen and Avignon.
Much for Lovers of Lyric Theatre
Opera fans should keep eyes firmly on opera houses around the country. For while Paris, as the capital, is naturally the most richly endowed, good and often great productions also thrive at Lyon, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice, Monte Carlo, Bordeaux, Rouen, Lille, Nantes, Nancy, Reims, Clermont-Ferrand, Massy, Metz, Montpellier, Saint-Étienne, Caen and Avignon.
An Eyeful of Opera
Just a click away on the list below are some 17 of the larger French Opera Houses and programmes for their current season:
Angers Nantes Opera; Les Arts Florissants; Les Azuriales Opera Festival ; Opéra de Normandie ; Opéra Comique; Opéra de Bordeaux; Opéra de Marseille; Opéra de Nice;Opéra National de Lyon ; Opéra National de Paris; Opéra National du Rhin;
Opéra Théâtre de Metz; Opera Theatre de Massy;Théâtre du Capitole; Théâtre du Châtelet; Théâtre Imperial de Compiègne.
If the cinema is nearer home than the closest Opera why not download this list (in pdf format) to keep track of all the venues in France screening the 2010-2011 New York Met Opera season live and in HD (High Definition).
France Musique the national classical music station, is transmitting a range of live or recorded opera and concert performances throughout the season, see here. One not to miss is this rare performance on Tuesday 19th October 2010 – a live broadcast in conjunction with l’Union Européenne de Radios from Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Parisof André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise (1699), a three-act Opera, libretto by Jean-François Regnard.
More random highlights of the current season are shown below while this well informed opera blog offers much more detail.
Opéra Comique (Paris) – New production- Le Freischütz (French version, adapted by Berlioz) conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with Sophie Karthäuser, Andrew Kennedy, Virginie Pochon, Gidon Saks Menton.
Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse) a new production of La Bohème directed by Dominique Pitoiset
Also a very useful source of programme information is the Classiquenews website (in French of course, but try Google translate if you need help).
Sacred music on the church organs of Avignon
Meanwhile an international season of sacred music — MUSIQUE SACREE EN AVIGNON2010-2011 a partner of the Festival d’Avignon since 1967, offers Sacred Music in a series of concerts designed to highlight the majesty of the historic church organs of Avignon and the surrounding region. The full programme can be found here.
Concerts at Notre Dame des Doms cathedral feature l’Orgue Doré, a jewel of Italian organ building, installed in 1817 by Lodovico Piantanida.
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