Friday, March 30, 2012

100 years of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées

TCE will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, and the expectations for the season 2012-2013 were very high. They unveiled their program last night that you can browse on this link which in addition to numerous super-promising concerts, recitals and what not... contains  also a very good operatic program:

6 scenic operas

October 2012: Médée (by Charpentier) [dir- Pierre Audi, cnd- Emmanuelle Haïm, cast: Michèle Losier, Stéphane Degout, Anders Dahlin, Sophie Karthäuser, Laurent Naouri...]

November 2012: Medea (by Dusapin) [dir- Sasha Waltz, cnd- Marcus Creed, cast: Caroline Stein. Thomas Lehmann, Laura Erceg-Simon... Vocalconsort Berlin, Sasha Waltz & Guests]

December 2012: Médée (by Cherubini) [dir- Krzysztof Warlikowski, cnd- Christophe Rousset, cast: Nadja Michael, John Tessier, Vincent Le Texier, Varduhi Abrahamyan...]

February 2013: La Favoritae [dir- Rita de Letteriis, cnd- Paolo Arivabeni, cast: Alooce Coote. Ludovic Tézier, Celso Albelo. Giacomo Prestia, Loïc Felox, Judith Gauthier]

April 2013: Don Giovanni [dir- Stéphane Braunschweig, cnd- Jérémie Rhorer, cast: Markus Werba, Miah Persson, Daniel Behle, Myrto Papatanasiu, Robert Gleadow, Nahuel Di Pierro, Serena Malfi, Steven Humes]

and 14 operas in concert (with many rarities):

Rodelinda [cnd- Alan Curtis (Il Complesso Barocco), cast: Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Romina Basso, Topi Lehtipuu, Delphine Galou, Matthew Brook]

I Puritani [cnd- Evelino Pidò (Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon), cast: Olga Peretyatko, Dmitry Korchak, Pietro Spagnoli, Michele Pertusi, Tansel Akzeybek...]

Fidelio [dir- Eivind Gullberg Jensen, cast: Jonas Kaufmann, Waltraud Meier, Tomasz Konieczny, Matti Salminen, Tareq Nazmi, Anna Virovlansky, Jussi Myllys]

Artaserse  [cnd- Diego Fasolis (Concerto Köln), cast: Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cenčić, Daniel Behle, Franco Fagioli, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Yuriy Minenko]

Dido & Aeneas [cnd- Jean-Claude Malgoire, cast: Máire Flavin, Sabine Devieilhe, Nicolas Rivenq, Marie-Laure Coenjaerts, Hasnaa Bennani]

Radamisto [cnd- Harry Bicket (The English Concert), cast: David Daniels, Patricia Bardon, Luca Pisaroni, Brenda Rae, Elizabeth Watts]

Die Dreigroschenoper [cnd- Vladimir Jurowski (London Philharmonic Orchestra), cast: Mark Padmore, John Tomlinson, Felicity Palmer,...]

Acis and Galatea [cnd- Paul Goodwin (Kammerorchester Basel), cast: Lawrence Zazzo, Nuria Rial, Carolyn Sampson, Hilary Summers, Andrew Foster-Williams]

Don Carlo [cnd- Gianandrea Noseda (Teatro Regio orchestra), cast: Ramón Vargas, Barbara Frittoli, Ludovic Tézier, Ildar Abdrazakov, Daniela Barcellona, Stefan Kocán]

Agrippina [cnd- Eduardo López Banzo (Al Ayre Español), cast: Ann Hallenberg, Vivica Genaux, María Espada, Carlos Mena, Luigi Di Donato...]

Imeneo [cnd- Christopher Hogwood (Academy of Ancient Music), cast: Lucy Crowe, David Daniels, Vittorio Prato, Rebecca Bottone, Stephan Loges]

Benvenuto Cellini [cnd- Valery Gergiev (Mariinsky orch), cast: Sergei Semishkur, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Anastasia Kalagina, Sergei Alexashkin, Mikhail Petrenko, Andrei Popov]

Il barbiere di Siviglia [cnd- Roger Norrington (Orchestre de chambre de Paris), cast: Roberto De Candia, Julia Lezhneva, Antonino Siragusa, Lorenzo Regazzo...]

Pénélope  (by Fauré) [cnd- Fayçal Karoui (Orchestre Lamoureux), cast: Anna Caterina Antonacci, Roberto Alagna, Vincent Le Texier, Edwin Crossley-Mercer...]

Recitals by Patrizia Cioffi & Leo Nucci (Sept.2012), Elina Garanca  (Oct.2012), Joseph Calleja (Jan. 2013), Joyce DiDonato (Febr. 2013), Max Emanuel Cencic (Febr. 2013), Juan Diego Florez (April 2013), Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Anna Stephany and Renata Pokupic (Jul 2013)


  1. La Favorite (sic) looks very interesting with Coote and Texier. En Francais I hope.

  2. Well spotted John! Actually it's written explicitly that La Favorite will be given in French.

    The program is good, in addition to the one at Pleyel, and so in the end I guess I can significantly cut on my operatic trips next year.

  3. Any idea which performances will be available on the internet?

    Along that line, is there any dependable website that a person could consult to find live or delayed performances on the internet?

  4. Hi Jim. Hang on...

    Just read in the program that the subscribers should send their requests asap, as they plan to put all their tickets on the Internet on June 25 2012. So if you book your tickets by the end of June you should be OK (maybe Thielemann, Kaufmann, Florez, DiDonato could be tricky to get but for the rest it's normally OK if you book in September.) Of course earlier you book the better the seats you might get.

    No the performances from TCE are not available on the Internet. Only once-twice a year Arte Live Web broadcasts something from TCE, but otherwise no... As for the radio broadcasts, they are frequent and you can find them on Radio France Musique.


  5. Have you any idea about the role being played by Edwin Crossley-Mercer in Pénélope? I should be most grateful for your enlightenment.

    Many thanks - T.

  6. Hi T,

    Yes he will sing the role of Eurymaque. Cheers

  7. Many thanks. I must brush up my Fauré version of Homer's masterpiece to ascertain how he fits it. I see that there will be one performance of it on June 20th 2013. A prestigious opportunity indeed. Next stop as Sharpless in Madame Butterfly in Saint Etienne in April, where I shall be sure to attend.

    With reiterated tahnks,


  8. What a wonderful thing to have 3 Medea operas in 3 months.. Sounds like a very good anniversary season indeed...

  9. Don Giovanni is already coming out in bits and pieces on youtube.
    There is a full length radio version now and several video clips. It was shown on Mezzo tv in HD.

    Curious to note that the show is tuned down almost a half step. And that Masetto and Commendatore did not have microphones.