Sunday, May 30, 2010

June is good...

Salle Pleyel

  • Tue 1 Tugan Sokhiev [awesome young conductor], will come from Toulouse with the Orchestra and chorus of the Capitole Theater where he's a musical director. Add to that Helen Gaskarova, Garry Magee et al. and you're likely to get an irresistible concert performance of Eugene Onegin
  • Wed 2 and Thu 3 Two concerts with Radu Lupu. In the second part Orchestre de Paris will perform the Dvorak's Symphony #9. Paavo Järvi will conduct! Radu will play the works by Beethoven and Martinu
  • Fri 4 Philippe Jordan and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, will be a company to our fave Petra Lang and Peter Fried for the concert performance of Duke Bluebeard's Castle by Bartok
  • Mon 7 Jun Märkl will conduct the chorus and the National Orchestra from Lyon, while Anne Schwanewilms, Matthias Goerne and others will sing in the concert performance of Genoveva, a wonderful opera by Schumann
  • Wed 9, Thu 10 Always superb Nikolaï Lugansky will be back performing at Pleyel
  • Fri 11 Claudio Abbado was planned to come but due to his health problems it won't be him (wish him the very best & fast recovery). Whoever will conduct the Mozart Orchestra, Yuja Wang should be interesting to see. She's not Lang Lang Bang Bang :) 
  • Mon 14 OK, a great pianistic young phenom Rafal Blechacz  will give a long awaited concert at Pleyel
  • Wed16 and Thu 17 Beethoven's 9: Christoph Eschenbach will conduct the Orchestre de Paris. The vocal soloists will be Melanie Diener, Christianne Stotjin, Steve Davislim, Franz-Josef Selig
  • Fri 18 Vadim Repin, a violinistic genius, is back to Paris - this time with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung
  • Tue 22 London Symphony Orchestra and Maurizio Pollini for an evening with a very interesting program. Peter Eötvös will conduct
  • Thu 24 violin & piano recital = Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis

Théatre des Champs-Elysées
  • Wed 2, Thu 3, and Sat 5 Cosi fan tutte, director: Pierre Constant, conductor: Jean-Claude Malgoire, cast: Nicolas Rivenq, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Rachel Nicholls, Lina Markeby, Robert Getchell, Joan Martín-Royo
  • Fri 4, Arias from Roméo et Juliette  by Gounod sung by Roberto Alagna and Nathalie Manfrino
  • Mon 7, Wed 9, and Fri 11 Don Giovanni, director: Pierre Constant, conductor: Jean-Claude Malgoire, cast: Nicolas Rivenq, Laurent Naouri, Sandrina Piau, Véronique Gens, Ingrid Perruche, Christian Helmer, François Lis
  • Wed 16  Joyce DiDonato - recital 
  • Wed 30 Semele, the prima of what should be one of the major baroque events in Europe this year. This new show produced by David McVicar, will involve again Christophe Rousset and his Les Talens Lyriques, while among the soloists I especially expect to hear the king of good singing Richard Croft, but also Vivica Genaux, Jaël Azzaretti, Danielle De Niese, Peter Rose, Claire Debono, Stephen Wallace

Théâtre du Châtelet
  • Thu 17  Orchestre National de France and its big boss, Daniele Gatti, will perform the Symphony #4 by Mahler. Christine Schafer will sing

Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille

  • Tue 1,  Thu 3  Robert Carsen's production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Jesus Lopez-Cobos will conduct the Paris Opera Orchestra and the soiloists Laura Aikin, Inva Mula, Ekaterina Gubanova, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Giuseppe Filianoti, Frank Ferrari and others
  • Sat 5, Wed 9,  Sun 13, Wed 16, Sun 20, Wed 23, Sat 26 New production of Die Walkure directed by Günter Krämer and Philippe Jordan will be conducting. The cast includes: Robert Dean Smith, Falk Struckmann, Katarina Dalayman, Ricarda Merbeth, Yvonne Naef, Günther Groissböck and other very fine singers
  • Fri 25, Mon 28 The Cunnung Little Vixen, revival of the lats year's production, but this time Michael Schønwandt will conduct and among the cast members we see Adriana Kucerova, Hannah Esther Minutillo, Paul Gay, Luca Lombardo, Jean-Philippe Lafont...

Opéra national de Paris - Palais Garnier
  • Mon 14, Fri 18, Mon 21, Thu 24, Sun 27, Wed 30 La donna del lago, a new production directed by Lluís Pasqual. Robert Abbado will conduct and the cast includes  Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, Daniela Bacellona, Colin Lee, Jason Bridges... 
  • Mon 28 This should be a very special event: Anne Sofie von Otter and Brad Mehldau

Opéra Comique 

  • Mon 14, Wed 16, Fri 18, Tue 22, Thu 24, Sun 27, Tue 29 Pelléas and Mélisande, a new production by Stéphane Braunschweig. Sir John Eliot Gardiner will conduct the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Cast: Karen Vourc'h, Phillip Addis, Markus Hollop, Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Sat 19 Anna Caterina Antonacci - recital: arias and melodies by Hahn, Fauré, Bachelet, Tosti, Cimara, Toscanini, Respighi, Tirendelli and Zandonai
  • Fri 25 Bernarda Fink and Xavier de Maistre - recital: arias and melodies by Debussy, Fauré, Chausson, Duparc, Ravel

Cité de la Musique
  • Fri 11 Ludovic Morlot will conduct the Ensemble intercontemporain in a performance of the works by contemporary composers -- Giacinto Scelsi, Tristan Murail and Matthias Pintscher
  • Sat 12 and Sun 13 Young conductors of the Conservatoire de Paris will compete for the best among them ;)
  • Check out many other free concerts given by the young musicians of the Conservatoire (mostly playing nontrivial works you don't get to listen to very often!)

Musée du Louvre
  • Wed 21: Kristian Järvi will conduct the Orchestre de Paris for a big concert under the pyramid of the Louvre. This time the program is all American: Adams, Bernstein, Gershwin

Musée d'Orsay
  • Thu 10 Dame Felicity Lott and Ann Murray, with Graham Johnson on piano -- check out a very generous program
  • Mon 21 Maîtrise de Radio France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and a mighty lady - Sofi Jeannin, for a big concert in the main hall of the Museum

  • Thu 17, Fri 18, and Sat 19  Le Père (Der Vater) the world premiere of an opera by Michael Jarrell, libretto: Heiner Müller. The show will be directed by André Wilms

2 pics:

Everywhere in Paris you can see the posters promoting the touristic attractions of Norway. The most frequent one is with the Oslo Opera. Here is one from the Metro :)

At the most improbable street in Berlin I saw this [it's in Marienstrasse which you see only if you decide to walk from FriedrichStrasse to Hamburger Banhoff ;)]


      1. The booking for Oslo Opera open today.

      2. Thanks Arabella! I guess I should book for Lulu ;)