Saturday, March 19, 2011

2011-2012 at Théâtre des Champs Elysées

Next season will start a little bit later than usual because they want to enlarge the pit [to be able to host a full philharmonic orchestra for the staged performance of The Rite of Spring] and to properly celebrate 100 years of existence [Théâtre des Champs Elysées was inaugurated in 1913.]

So the season will start in November 10, but the program they prepared for 2011-2012 is SUPERB!

Below I will fast-type the content of the program (i.e. a broad selection of what I find interesting), but you should consult their website (or see here) where the more complete program will be available "soon" (that's what they said today when I asked).

November 2011
  • Thu 10: Hélène Guilmette sings in Gloria by Poulenc, add Daphnis et Chloé by Orchestre National de France (ONF) conducted by Ludovic Morlot
  • Fri 11: I Capuletti e I Montecchi in concert, Chorus and Orchestra of Opéra de Lyon [cnd- Evelino Pido, cast: Anna Caterina Antonacci, Olga Peretyatko, Giovanni Battista Parodi, Juan Francisco Gatell, Carlo Cigni]
  • Mon 14: Missa Solemnis by Beethoven, Collegium Vocale Gent and Orchestre des Champs Elysées conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, cast: Marlis Petersen...
  • Tue 15: Bluebeard's Castle in concert with Measha Bruggergosman and John Tomlinson, with Philharmonia Orchestra (my fave English orch!), conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Thu 17 and Sat 19: Oberto in concert (opera by Verdi) with Carlo Rizzi to conduct ONF and cast: Ekaterina Gubanova, Maria Guleghina, Michele Pertusi, Fabio Santori
  • Fri 18: Les Grandes Voix, concert-recital with Mojca Erdmann, Nathalie Manfrino, Rolando Villazón, Joseph Calleja (?)
  • Fri 25: Giulio Cesare in concert, cast: Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Karina Gauvin, Julia Lezhneva, Romina Basso, Johannes Weisser, Milena Storti, Gianluca Buratto + Il Complesso Barocco conducted by Alan Curtis
  • Sat 26: piano-recital by Grigory Sokolov (music by JS.Bach)
  • Mon 28: piano-recital by Bertrand Chamayou (all 3 suites of Annés de pèlerinage by Liszt)
  • Tue 29 and Wed 30: Saint-Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov: 1st night - Dvorak's 8th + Shostakovich's concerto no.2 for cello with Natalia Gutman; 2nd night - Prokofiev's 1st +  Shostakovich's concerto no.2 for piano with Denis Matsuev

December 2011

  • Fri 9: Philippe Jaroussky will sing the arias from operas by Handel, helped by Freiburger Barockorchester 
  • Fri 16, Sun 18, Tue 20, Thu 22, Sun 25, Mon 26: Die Zauberflöte (NEW PRODUCTION) [dir- Laurent Pelly, cnd- Jean-Christophe Spinosi, cast: Topi Lehtipuu, Sandrine Piau, Markus Werba, Emmanuelle De Negri, Jeanette Vecchione, Ain Anger...]
  • Sat 17: piano-recital by Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Liszt, Wagner, Scriabin)
  • Mon 19: Celebration of Baroque with Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm, singers: Natalie Dessay, Topi Lehtipuu, Patrizia Ciofi, Sonia Prina, Camilla Tilling, Anne Sophie von Otter, Sandrine Piau, Karine Deshayes...
  • Fri 23: Messiah in concert, cnd- Laurence Cummings (Chorus and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), cast: Elizabeth Watts, Timothy Mead, Nicholas Mulroy, Lisandro Abadie

January 2012

  • Tue 10: Farnace by Vivaldi in concert, with Diego Fasolis conducting I Barocchisti, and cast: Max Emanuel Cencic, Ruxandra Donose, Daniel Behle, Blandine Staskiewicz, Alissa Kolosova, Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro, Mary-Ellen Nesi
  • Wed 11: piano-recital by Brigitte Engerer (5 Nocturnos by Chopin...) 
  • Wed 18: piano-recital by Zhu Xiao-Mei (music by Mozart and Schubert)
  • Sat 21: Die Jahrzeiten by Haydn in concert, Paul McCreesh to conduct The Gabrieli Consort, and cast: Allan Clayton, Christopher Purves and Christiane Karg
  • Sun 22: Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and their boss Yannick Nézet-Séguin will perform Ravel's Daphis et Chloé, followed by Shéhérazade (Ravel) sung by Anna Caterina Antonacci and Wiener Singakademie
  • Mon 23: Evening of Sonatas with Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, and Alexandre Kniazev
  • Tue 24: Tosca in concert, with the Orchestra of Teatro Regio Torino conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, cast: Svetla Vassileva, Riccardo Massi, Lado Ataneli, Carlo Bossi, Matteo Peirone
  • Thu 26: ONF with Daniele Gatti will perform Schubert's Symph. no.8, an excerpt from Lulu by Berg, and a few Lieder for soprano by Schubert sung by Chen Reiss
  • Fri 27: Philharmonia Orchestra will be back with Esa-Pekka Salonen to continue marveling us with Bartok and Debussy + Bartok's violin concerto no.2 with Christian Tetzlaff
  • Sat 28: piano-recital by Evgeny Kissin (program tbs)

February 2012

  • Mon 13, Wed 15, Fri 17, Sun 19, Tue 21, Thu 23: Don Pasquale (NEW PRODUCTION) [dir-Denis Podalydes/Christian Lacroix/, cnd- Enrique Mazzola & ONF, cast: Désirée Rancatore, Lorenzo Regazzo & Alessandro Corbelli, Gabriele Viviano, Francesco Demuro]
  • Sat 18: piano-recital by Mitsuko Uchida (Schubert's sonatas)
  • Mon 20: Les Grandes Voix: Jonas Kaufmann & Helmut Deutsch (p) - Lieder by Strauss and Schubert
  • Fri 24: Giustino, opera by Vivaldi in concert, Stefano Molardi to conduct I Virtuosi delle Muse, cast: Varduhi Abrahamyan, Sabina Puertolas, Marina De Liso, Raffaella Milanesi, Vincent Lesage, José Maria Lo Monaco
  • Sat 25: La clemenza di Tito in concert, with Louis Langrée conducting Die Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen, cast: Elina Garanca, Michael Schade, Malin Hartelius, Malin Christensson, Christina Deletska, Brindley Sherat
  • Sun 26: Roméo et Juliette by Berlioz in concert, with Sonia Ganassi, John Mark Ainsley and Orlin Anastassov; Mark Elder to conduct Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and BBC Symph. chorus

March 2012

  • Tue 6 and Fri 9: Parsifal in concert, Daniele Gatti will conduct ONF, cast (Bayreuthian): Christopher Ventris, Mihoko Fujimura, Kwangchul Youn, Lucio Gallo, Detlef Roth, Andreas Hörl,... 
  • Wed 7: Chorus and Orchestra from the Theater Mariinsky with Valery Gergiev: Oedipus Rex and Le Nozze by Stravinsky in concert, cast: Ekaterina Semenchuk, Mikhail Petrenko, Alexander Timchenko, Olga Savova, Mlada Khudolei (Gérard Depardieu reciting)
  • Thu 8: Chorus and Orchestra from the Theater Mariinsky with Valery Gergiev (Petrushka), Capriccio for piano and orch (Boris Berezovsky will join in)
  • Sun 11: Tristan und Isolde, full opera in concert with Andris Nelsons conducting the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, cast: Lioba Braun, Torsten Kerl, Christianne Stotijn, Brett Polegato, Matthew Best, Ben Johnson, Benedict Nelson
  • Mon 12: Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons will perform the Symphony #2 by Sibelius + Lieder by Mahler and Strauss with Jonas Kaufmann [resist this temptation! ;)]
  • Tue 20: piano-recital by Alexandre Tharaud (Debussy, Liszt, Chopin)
  • Sat 24: Gloria/Magnificat by Vivaldi, Rionaldo Alessandrini to cnd Concerto Italiano, cast: Roberta Ivernizzi, Raffaela Milanesi, Romina Basso
  • Mon 26: piano-recital by Leif Ove Andsnes (2 Nocturnos and 4 Balads by Chopin + Estampes & Images by Debussy)
  • Wed 28: ONF and Daniele Gatti will perform music by Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Saint-Saëns
  • Thu 29: Rolando Villazón - recital (tbc)

April 2012

  • Thu 12, Sat 14, Mon 16, Wed 18, Fri 20: La Didone, opera by Francesco Cavalli (NEW PRODUCTION) [dir-Clément Hervieu-Léger, cnd- William Christie (Les Arts Florissants), cast: Anna Bonitatibus, Claire Debono, Mathias Vidal, Kresimir Spicer,  Tehila Goldstein, Katherine Watson...]
  • Tue 17: piano-recital by Denis Matsuev (Schumann's Kinderszenen, Mephisto Waltz by Liszt and 1 sonata by Grieg)
  • Mon 23: Wiener Philharmoniker cnd- Christian Thielemann - Symphony no.1 and no.4 by Schumann
  • Tue 24: Die Walküre, full opera in concert with the chorus and Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, cnd- Kent Nagano, and a knockout cast: Anja Kampe, Nina Stemme, Lance Ryan, Juha Uusitalo, Michaela Schuster, Ain Anger

May 2012

  • Thu 3: ONF cnd by Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi will perform Tchaikovsky's 5th, and then accompany Nikolay Demidenko in piano concerto no.2 by Rachmaninoff
  • Fri 4: Maria João Pires and Deutsche Kammerphil. Bremen  cnd Trevor Pinnock - Symphony no.5 by Schubert and the piano concerto n.3 by Beethoven
  • Sat 5: Les Grandes Voix - Juan Diego Florez to sing arias from the operas by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Adam, helped by the Chamber Orchestra of Wurtemberg de Heilbronn (?)
  • Mon 7: piano-recital by Nikolai Lugansky (Sonata no.2 by Rachmaninoff + pieces by Chopin,  Brahms, Medtner)
  • Tue 22, Thu 24, Sat 26, Tue 29, Thu 31: Così fan tutte [dir- Eric Génovèse, cnd- Jérémie Rhorer (Le Cercle de l'Harmonie),  cast: Camilla Tilling, Anna Gravelius, Claire Debono, Bernard Richter, Pietro Spagnoli ]
  • Fri 25: Les Grandes Voix - Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé, Arias and duets from the Mozart's operas, Les Talens Lyriques with Christophe Rousset cnd

June 2012

  • Sat 2: Mozart Fest with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie and Jérémie Rhorer and singers: Markus Werba, Sylvia Schwartz, Caitlin Hulcup, Jeremy Ovenden (Coronation Mass)
  • Sun 3: Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, cnd Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Symphony no.2 by Brahms, 5 pieces by Webern + piano conc. no.1 by Brahms with Nicholas Angelich (p)
  • Mon 4: Simon Rattle wil conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Fauré - Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy - La Mer) with Pierre-Laurent Aimard joining for the Concerto pour la main gauche by Ravel
  • Wed 6: Olympiade by Vivaldi, Pergolesi... in concert, with Venice Baroque Orchestra conducted by Andrea Marcon, cast: Romina Basso, Anna Bonitatibus, Karina Gauvin, Carlo Allemano, Nicholas Spanos, Ruth Rosique
  • Thu 7: ONF conducted by Colin Davis, Symph.#7 by Dvorak + Concerto for piano no.5 by Beethoven with Emanuel Ax (p)
  • Sat 9: Symphonie Orch.des Bayerischen Rundfunks, cnd- Esa-Pekka Salonen (Zarathustra by Strauss) + Concerto no.2 by Brahms with Yefim Bronfman
  • Mon 11: Vladimir Jurowski to conduct London Philharmonic Orchestra (Bruckner's 1st) + Concerto no.4 for cello by Dvorak with Truls Mørk
  • Wed 13, Fri 15: Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Philippe Jaroussky, arias from operas by Strozzi, Ferrari, Monteverdi Cavalli... 
  • Tue 19: Simon Rattle will be back but this time to conduct Wiener Philharmoniker: Symph. no.3 by Brahms, and by Schumann + 6 pieces by Webern
  • Tue 22: L'Orfeo by Monteverdi in concert, cnd-Thomas Hengelbrock (Balthasar-Neumann orch), cast: Nikolay Borchev, Anna Bonitatibus, Anna Stephany, Miljenko Turk, Tiziano Bracci, Johannette Zomer, Katja Stuber
  • Mon 25: our dear Philharmonia Orchestra will be back with some more Bartók, again with Esa-Pekka Salonen. For the piano concerto n.3 Nikolai Lugansky will join in
  • Tue 26: Les Grandes Voix - Joyce DiDonato with David Zobel (p) will be back, with hopefully  one more memorable recital (songs from Venice by Vivaldi, Rossini, Fauré..)

You're welcome ;)


  1. Wow! Now that is an awesome program! So glad to see such names as Topi Lehtipuu, Christiane Karg, and Anna Bonitatibus, etc. Although they won't sing in the same opera/concert next season, I think their voices would match very well.

    Hmmm, this program surely makes me want to be "tourist in-residence." :)

  2. Hi there! ;)
    Now you can better see why I was so bitterly disappointed by the 2011-2012 program at the Paris Opera.

    In Paris you already have this house (TCE) + some others, where several good operas are staged, and TCE brings most of the big stars to concert operatic performances. To diversify the cultural offer in Paris, the Paris Opera should have opted for something theatrically thrilling, rather than to concentrate their 2011-2012 season to the list of names -- singers who will shout in mostly outdated productions (new shows are scheduled to be directed by either inapt or lazy producers - except for Marelli, but Arabella is a shabby opera already, so...)

    So if you come to listen to good voices, brilliant concerts, Paris is your city! [TCE rather than the Paris Opera which is too big to let you truly appreciate beautiful voices] But if you want to see some good opera productions Paris is not a city to run to (IMO)

  3. As I wrote at my "web-home", Arabella is one more false new production, since it was premiered in Graz in 2008, with - big surprise - Philippe Jordan in the pit. So we have only 4 real new productions, with 103 billion € of public founding.
    The operatic season at the TCE is never very inspiring (the directors are not much more interesting than at Paris National Opera), BUT we have those tremendous concert seasons, with TCE, Pleyel, Cité de la Musique and other smaller halls (Louvre and Orsay auditoriums, Bouffes du Nord...) By the way, hope you didn't miss the fantastic chamber music week-end with Berlin Philharmonic soloists at Pleyel?

    fantastic season!

  5. Rameau, thanks for that info. Marelli should be good though. His shows in Graz are regularly brilliant and I like his and Herheim's attitude to create important shows in Graz -- small peaceful city, small theater, a cohesive troupe of people devoted to theater.
    But of all Strauss' operas, Arabella!!!

    I of course agree that musically Paris is fantastic in terms of quality and DIVERSITY. It's only that opera are unfortunately too irregular and uninspiring...

    I missed the Berliners on Sunday. I had a friend over to Paris and we went to Bastille to see Stoyanova in Luisa Miller (mais quelle horreur ce spectacle!)

    Hi Sempre Libera. It truly is fantastic ;)

  6. Ciao Opera Cake ! I like very mutch DON PASQUALE :))) !
    un bacio