Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pour un bon début de 2011

A selection of events (classical music and opera) to see in Paris - January 2011.

Salle Pleyel

  • Fri 7: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (OPRF) conducted by Manfred Honeck and with Tedi Papavrami  (violin) - interesting program 
  • Wed 12: Orchestre de Paris lead by its director Paavo Järvi will play D&C by Ravel and Harold by Berlioz, in addition to Tchaikovsky's piano concerto no.2 with always phenomenal Denis Matsuev 
  • Thu 13: The same program as on Wed 12, but this time with Antoine Tamestit and Janine Jansen playing the Violin concerto by Britten 
  • Fri 14: Hillary Hahn and OPRF conducted by Pietari Inkinen (?) with a promising program (Copland, Menotti and the Dvorák's 9th) 
  • Sat 15: Jordi Savall and his Le Concert des Nations for an evening with music by Rameau 
  • Tue 18: Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Bernard Haitink: Fidelio (overture), Bethoven's Symph. #8 and #5  
  • Wed 19: Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Bernard Haitink: Bethoven's Symph. #2 and #3 
  • Thu 27: Do NOT miss this piano concert by a legendary Ivan Moravec  
  • Fri 28: Andrey Boreyko will conduct OPRF: Dvorak (Slavonic Dances), and Zemlinsky 
  • Sat 29: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Eliahu Inbal will perform the Mahler's 10th. In the first part Thomas Hampson will sing the Kindertotenlieder 
  • Sun 30: Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel to perform Beethoven's 7th, plus works by Adams and Bernstein (Kelley O'Connor to sing)

      Théatre des Champs-Elysées
      • Mon 10: Piano concert with David Fray, together with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen 
      • Tue 11: Staatskapelle Dresden with maestro Vladimir Jurowski: Shostakovitch's 4th, and a Violin concertos by Tchaikovsky (Sergej Krylov - soloist) 
      • Fri 14: Nelson Freire with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yury Temirkanov. Progr: a piano concert by Schumann, and the Symph. #2 by Brahms 
      • Sat 15: Same performers in a fully Brahmsian program
      • Sun 16: Tom Hampson to sing Winterreise, with Wolfram Rieger on piano 
      • Sat 17: Andris Nelsons comes this time with his Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  
      • Sun 18: Nikolaï Lugansky - piano recital  
      • Thu 20: Orchestre National de France will remind you of the time when Kurt Masur was the artistic director of this orchestra. He will conduct an all-Tchaikovsky program  
      • Fri 21: Zubin Mehta and  Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Prog: Symph #1 by Brahms, and Sheherezade by Rimsky-Korsakov  
      • Sat 22: Vladimir Jurowski is back but this time with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment for a program which includes Lieder by Mahler sung by Sarah Connolly 
      • Mon 24: Lise de la Salle, piano recital (increasingly popular in France btw) 
      • Thu 27: Marc Albrecht to conduct Orchestre National de France. Progr: Schönberg and Brahms 
      • Fri 28: Stéphane Degout, recital of French songs by Debussy, Duparc, Ravel... 
      • Mon 31: Renaud Capuçon and Frank Praley to perform Beethoven's Sonatas for violin and piano

        Théâtre du Châtelet

        • Thu 13: Orchestre National de France conducted by Daniele Gatti continue with the Cycle of Symphonies by Mahler. This time it will be #6, in addition to the Rückert Lieder sung by Matthias Goerne 
        • Sat 22, Mon 24, Wed 26, Fri 28 and Sun 30: Il Barbiere di Siviglia [dir-Emilio Sagi, cnd-Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Cast: Bogdan Mihai, Bruno Taddia, Anna Stephany, Nicolas Curjal, Tiziano Bracci...)]

        Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille
        • Sun 16, Wed 19, Sat 22, Thu 27, Sat 29: Madame Butterfly (revival)  [dir-Robert Wilson, cnd-Maurizio Benini, Cast: Micaela Carosi, Enkalejda Shkosa, Anna Wall, James Valenti, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Scott Wilde, Carlo Bosi, Vladimir Kapshuk]  
        • Mon 31: Francesca da Rimini (new production at ONP) [dir- Giancarlo del Monaco, cnd-Daniel Oren, Cast: Roberto Alagna, William Joyner, Wojtek Smilek, Svetla Vassileva, Maria Virginia Savastano, George Ganidze, Louise Callinan, Manuela Bisceglie, Andrea Hill, Cornelia Oncioiu, Carol Garcia, Alexandre Kravets, Yuri Kissin, Alexandre Duhamel] -- more verismo for your ears only (I'm crossing this one out!)

        Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Garnier

        • Mon 17, Thu 20, Sun 23, Thu 27, Sat 29: Giulio Cesare (TRUE NEW PRODUCTION) [dir-Laurent Pelly, cnd-Emmanuelle Haïm, Cast: Natalie Dessay, Isabel Leonard, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Christophe Dumaux, Nathan Berg, Dominique Visse, Aimery Lefèvre ]

        Opéra Comique 

        • Fri 7, Sun 9, Mon 10, Wed 12, Thu 13: Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Poulenc NEW PRODUCTION [dir-Macha Makeïeff, cnd-Ludovic Morlot, Cast: Hélène Guilmette, Ivan Ludlow, Werner Van Mechelen, Christophe Gay, Loïc Felix...] In the second part - Le Bœuf sur le toit (ballet by Darius Milhaud) 
        • Sun 9, Wed 12, Thu 13: Karen Vourc’h - recital with songs by Francis Poulenc  
        • Tue 11: Karina Gauvin, recital with songs by Duparc, Poulenc, Bizet, Weill. Piano - Michael McMahon 
        • Thu 20, Fri 21: Ô mon bel inconnu [dir-Emmanuelle Cordoliani, cnd-Emmanuel Olivier, Cast: Arnaud Guillou, Cécile Achille , Estelle Lefort...] 
        • Fri 28, Sun 30: Betrothal in a Monastery NEW PRODUCTION [dir-Martin Duncan, cnd-Tugan Sokhiev, Cast: Garry Magee, Anastasia Kaligina, Larissa Diadkova, Brian Galliford...]

        Cité de la Musique 

        • Wed 5: Sonia Wieder-Atherton and Elisabeth Leonskaja  -- lesser known works by Shostakovich  
        • Fri 7: Les Dissonances (string quartet) lead by David Grimal to perform works by Shostakovich, Schnittke and Silvestrov 
        • Sat 8 and Sun 9: Quartet Borodine to play pieces by Shostakovich 
        • Wed 12 and Thu 13: Interesting and a tad risky take on Le Sacre du printemps by Ensemble intercontemporain,  with Susanna Mälkki to conduct. In the 2nd part - music by Enno Poppe  
        • Sat 22 and Sun 23: Festival de Jérusalem with Stella Doufexis singing and with Elena Bashkirova on piano, Michael barenboim - violin and others. Program: Webern, Schumann, Brahms, Berg 
        • Fri 28: Not to miss!!! Ensemble intercontemporain conducted by Jean Deroyer performing Hanspeter Kyburtz's Double Points: OYTIΣ

          Musée du Louvre

          • Fri 14: String Quartet Cambini with David Glidden to perform Mozart's concerts for Strin Quintets
          • Wed 19: Pages et Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles conducted by Olivier Schneebeli (delicious musical rarities on the program)

          Salle Gaveau
            • Wed 19: Liederabend (Schubert) with Mark Padmore and Till Fellner
            • Thu 27: Recital - Karen Vourc'h and Laurent Naouri (D.Salimonias on piano)
            • Mon 31: Monteverdi's Vêpres à la Vierge

            Théâtre Athénée
            • Wed 5 - Sun 9: 12 shows of an opérette called phi-phi by Henri Christiné. Dir- Johanny Bert, cnd- Christophe Grapperon, Cast: Emmanuelle Goizé, Gilles Bugeaud, Olivier Hernandez, Lara Neumann, Antoine Sastre
            • Thu 13, Fri 14, Sat 15, Sun 16: The Diary of One Who Disappeared by Leoš Janáček [with Eva Gruber, Christophe Crapez... and with Nicolas Krüger on piano]


            If you did not see a magnificent exhibition of paintings by Claude Monet (reassembled for the occasion from all corners of the world!) try not to miss it - some tickets are available in the evenings!

            For those of you who cannot visit Le Grand Palais, see some of this wonderful exhibit on their website here.

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