Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Un autre décembre

My selection of events (classical music and opera) to see in Paris in December 2010.

Salle Pleyel

  • Wed 1, Thu 2: A fantasticaly tallented Gil Shaham will play the works by Liadov and Prokofiev, in addition to Petrushka by Stravinsky with Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Dmitri Slobodeniouk
  • Fri 3: Webern, Berg and Zemplinsky with Angela Denoke and Peter Mattei singing, and with Daniel Harding conducting Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 
  • Sat 4: Vadim Repin and Boris Berezovsky
  • Sun 5: Evgeny Kissin - recital, Schumann, Chopin
  • Tue 7: Maurizio Pollini - recital, Chopin 
  • Wed 8, Thu 9: Yuja Wang is the female equivalent to Lang Lang. She will perform with Orchestre de Paris and with maestro Juraj Valcuha conducting.  
  • Fri 10: Myung-Whun Chung to conduct his OPRF. Progr: Dusapin, Dutilleux and Ravel (Daphnis et Chloé) 
  • Sat 11, Sat 12, Sun 13: Mahler's Symphony #2 (with Anastasia Kaligina and Olga Borodina), #1 and #5, #4 and #6 (with Anastasia Kaligina). In all three concerts Valery Gergiev will conduct his Mariinsky Theater Orchestra 
  • Sun 19: Cecilia Bartoli -- recital of arias from operas by Handel

      Théatre des Champs-Elysées

      • Wed 1: Philippe Jarousky - recital of arias by Caldara 
      • Thu 2: David Afkham (!!!) to conduct Orchestre National de France. Progr. Symp. #10 by Shostakovich, in addition to the Violin Concerto #2 by Prokofiev with Sergey Khachatryan as a soloist 
      • Tue 7: Sandrine Piau in company of Ensemble orchestral de Paris and maestro John Nelson will perform works by Strauss, Britten 
      • Wed 8: piano recital - Piotr Anderszewski; Progr. Bach and Schumann 
      • Thu 9: Orchestre National de France lead by Hartmuth Haenchen and with soloists Christiane Oelze and Thomas Johannes Mayer (!!) for Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms 
      • Fri 10: Mitsuko Uchida - piano recital  
      • Sat 11: Philippe Jaroussky and Andreas Scholl for a night of musics by Purcell (Ensemble Artaserse
      • Mon 13: Patricia Petibon and Il Giardino Armonico for a recital of arias from operas by Mozart and Haydn 
      • Wed 15: Vivica Genaux sings Rossini - recital  
      • Thu 16: Phenomenal Vasily Petrenko comes back to Paris, now to conduct Orchestre National de France in a program: Sibelius (Violin concerto, with Valery Sokolov as soloist), and the Prokofiev Symphony #5 
      • Fri 17: Philippe Jaroussky and Friends (Verónica Cangemi, Jérôme Ducros, Gautier Capuçon, Ebène Quartet...)
      • Sat 18: Maris Jansons to conduct Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Progr: Mahler's 4th (with Miah Persson) and Shostakovich's 9th.

        Théâtre du Châtelet

        • Thu 12 ... : My Fair Lady, new production directed by Robert Carsen and with Kevin Farrell conducting. Ed Lyon is in the cast; 27 shows are scheduled to embellish your Xmas and NY time

        Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille

        • Wed 1, Fri 3, Mon 6: Mathis der Maler, at last a new production at Opéra Bastille [dir- Olivier Py, cnd-Christoph Eschenbach] Cast: Scott Mac Allister, Matthias Goerne, Melanie Diener, Svetlana Doneva, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Thorsten Grümbel...
        • Sat 11, Tue 14, Fri 17, Mon 20, Wed 22, Sat 25, Tue 28, Thu 30: Ariadne auf Naxos [dir- Laurent Pelly, cnd- Philippe Jordan] Cast: Ricarda Merbeth, Jane Archibald, Sophie Koch, Stefan Vinke, Detlef Roth, Elena Tsallagova, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, François Piolino, Xavier Mas,Yun Jung Choi, Diana Axentii
        • Sat 18, Sun 19, Tue 21, Wed 22: Kurt Weill - New York (Songs from Street Scene) [dir- Irène Bonnaud, cnd- Christian Schirm] Cast: young members of Atelier Lyrique of the Paris Opera  

        Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Garnier

        Opéra Comique 

        • Thu 2, Fri 3: revival of an opera by Lully, Cadmus et Hermione [dir- Benjamin Lazar, cnd- Vincent Dumestre] Cast: André Morsch, Claire Lefilliâtre, Arnaud Marzorati, Isabelle Druet...
        • Mon 13, Tue 14: Cachafaz by Oscar Strasnoy [dir- Benjamin Lazar, cnd- Geoffrey Jourdain] Cast: Lisandro Abadie, Marc Mauillon, Nicolas Vial
        • Wed 22, Thu 23: Carnaval Baroque [dir-Cécile Roussat, cnd-Vincent Dumestre] Bruno Le Levreur, Hugues Primard, Serge Goubioud, Arnaud Marzorati

        Cité de la Musique 

        • Thu 2: Orchestre National de Lyona conducted by Jun Märkl -- Prometheus by Liszt, R.Strauss, Beethoven and Scriabin   
        • Sat 4 and Sun 5: English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir + Sir John Eliot Gardiner for an evening with Cantatas by Bach
        • Wed 8: Jordi Saval with his Hisperion XXI to perform Don Quijote de la Mancha - the best of Catalonia for you!
        • Thu 9: Lots of Spanish 17 century songs sung by La Grande Chapelle including Sonya Yoncheva (!!!)
        • Sat 11: Beethoven's 5th by Les Dissonances conducted by David Grimal
        • Tue 14: Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Susanna Mälkki to make you discover new gems (by Donatoni, Robin and Grisey)
        • Thu 16: Bellérophon, an opera by Lully in concert, with Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset. Cast: R. Getchel, E. Alexiev, C. Auvity...
        • Fri 17: Joshua Bell and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, all conducted by Vladimir Jurowski will perform works by Glinka, Schubert and Mendelssohn


          Musée du Louvre

          • Wed 1: Viktoria Mullova, violin recital
          • Thu 2: Varduhi Yeritsyan, piano recital

          Musée d'Orsay

          • Tue 7: In the main hall of Musée d'Orsay, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France
            conducted by Myung Wung Chung will play Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique 

          Salle Gaveau
          • Sat 4: Till Felner - sonatas 30, 31, 32 by Beethoven  
          • Sun 12: Brigitte Engerer with Orchestre Lamoureux to perform Mazeppa by Liszt, and Beethoven's 6th  
          • Tue 14: Orchestre Romantique Européen

          Théâtre Athénée
          • Thu 16...: 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

          Théâtre des bouffes du nord

          • December: Many sold-out shows of A Magic Flute (new production)  dir- Peter Brook, cnd-,  Franck Krawczyk, Cast: Dima Bawab , Malia Bendi-Merad , Thomas Dolie , Antonio Figueroa , Virgile Frannais ,  Matthew Morris , Agnieszka Slawinska , Adrian Strooper, Lei Xu , Jeanne Zaepffel...

          Now for something completely different... Listen to Sylvain Chauveau's Un autre décembre 

          Ah yes, one Cake-pic from Paris. This time from the famous Fauchon (Yummmm....)


          1. Is P. Jarousky "Artist-in-Residence" at TCE in December? :)

          2. Another expedition in view to see Ariadne auf Naxos to hear the prestigious cast in this "remake" of the 2003 edition - the sets and the costumes will be the same. Mr Jordan will be in command of the baton, and I hope that all the artists will generously contradict the sayings I read from one acrimonious "wag" who wrote recently in "Le Monde" that Premières at the Bastille frequently attracted vociferous objections "à la Scala". My attention will be focused on all the cast, but especially on Harlekin, played by Edwin Crossley-Mercer.

          3. Anon-1:Jaroussky is a very fine singer but this over-exposure is becoming too much and I wonder if the effect on the crowd might be contrary to what the organizers want...

            Anon-2: I'm not sure this production of Ariadne is comparable to those by Carsen, or Guth, but it is very good anyway. The cast is just fantastic. The only potential problem is that Bastille is too large a venue for this opera.

          4. Go for Andreas Scholl - he is very cool at the moment!

          5. Unfortunately I won't be in Paris around that particular weekend. Some other time.

          6. Right, go see him in Hannover then :). I will.
            I also saw Calleja in Regensburg - a wonderfully entertaining evening. A concert with 5 encores for 20 Euros - what a deal!

          7. Ariadne, which I have yet to see, has already been put on at Bastille. Was the size a problem then? And, I have been trying to find reviews describing the reception the opera got on the last two occasions. The stage setting may not be to everyone's liking, but if the cast can pull the vocal part off, I shall be most pleased.

          8. The size is always a problem for this opera. Bastille is just too large for impact this opera can make on you.

            I saw this production on Mezzo-TV. The show was all about Natalie Dessay who in 2003 was at her best and sang one of the all time best "Grossmächtige Prinzessin".

            It is a pleasant show and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Merbeth should be brilliant as Ariadne, and it will be interesting to see ECM singing loud to fill up a large hall at Bastille.

            I'll try and go to see the premiere -- and will blog before you come to Paris ;)

          9. Many thanks for offering to forward me information after the Première. I too shall be targeting all my attention on ECM, hoping too that the Naxos island hotel, complete that the cement mixer and a equally cement spiral staircase in one scene will not detract from the amusement. Often I have wondered about how the singers make the shift mentally between their indispensable personal involvement in their vocal tasks when surrounded by the discrepancy of an excessively modern staging. I must ask ECM if I can manage an interview or an autograph after the opera.

          10. The Dress Rehearsal went a treat on the 9th December, and if my back-stage information is correct, Miss Koch is in fine fettle; ECM is doing a superb job along with the rest of the cast. Let's hear what the public has to say in the way of applause.