Palace Opera & Ballet presents new-season productions - direct from Paris!

Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, Opéra national de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Under the new directorship of Stéphane Lissner, the company holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and L'Opéra Bastille (1989) and remains commited to preserving and developing our operatic and ballet heritage, holding more than 350 performances per year. The current musical director is eminent conductor Philippe Jordan. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

The birthplace of classical dance, the Paris Opéra Ballet stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch


Opéra de Paris: DON CARLOS (Verdi)

11.30am Sun 3 & Wed 6 December

New Production!  It’s hard not to look forward to this production when Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva and Elīna Garanča take on the headline roles. Ildar Abdrazakov (whose Boris Godounov will be presented in cinemas this July), Ludovic Tézier and Dmitry Belosselskiy also star in what is likely to be the Opera de Paris’ highlight of the season and a historical performance. Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis all intertwine in visionary director Krzysztof Warlikowski's new production of Verdi's monumental tale of romance, idealism and devotion in 16th-century Spain. This production features the original French version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867. Philippe Jordan conducts. Don't miss it.

Sung in French with English subtitles.

Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 19 Oct 2017.




Opéra de Paris: LA BOHÈME (Puccini)

11.30am Sun 4 & Wed 7 February

New Production! Is it because Henri Murger had himself lived this way in his youth? No one better described the half-starved, struggling artists than the writer in his Scènes de la Vie de Bohème: artists ready to burn a manuscript to try to keep warm yet, in an era of triumphant bourgeois materialism, dreaming of another existence. Taking up these scenes of Bohemian life, Puccini offers us a heart-breaking love story and some of the most beautiful music in the history of opera in the story of the poet Rodolfo (Atalla Ayan) and fragile Mimì (Sonya Yoncheva). The staging of this new production has been entrusted to Claus Guth who sets the drama in a future devoid of hope in which love and art become the sole means of transcendence. The brilliant Gustavo Dudamel conducts.

Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 12 Dec 2017.




Opéra de Paris: BORIS GODOUNOV (Moussorgski)

11.30am Sun 22 & Wed 25 July

New Production! Celebrated director Ivo Van Hove, no stranger to grand political frescos, will debut at the Paris Opera with a new production of Moussorgski's magnificent meditation on the solitude of power. Based on an epic poem by Pushkin, this grand opera follows the dazzling, tortured reign of the titular Tsar of Russia (1598-1605), brilliant bass Ildar Abdrazakov, who seizes the throne as society around him is on the threshold of moral crisis.

Sung in Russian, with English subtitles.

Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 7 Jun 2018.




Opéra de Paris: DON PASQUALE (Donizetti)

11.30am Sun 19 & Wed 22 August

New Production! “Foolish indeed is he who marries in old age.” Thus ends Don Pasquale: with a wise dictum not lacking in irony that sums up the disappointments of its hero (Italian bass Michele Pertusi), a rich bachelor keen to marry, who is deceived by his nephew Ernesto (award-winning American bel-canto Lawrence Brownlee) and his young bride-to-be Norina (rising soprano Nadine Sierra). First performed in Paris in 1843, at the turning point of several eras, Donizetti’s composite and varied work is the apotheosis of opera bu a. For this new production, the Paris Opera has entrusted award-winning Italian director Damiano Michieletto who'll transport audiences directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendour at the heart of an apparently light-hearted work.

Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

Captured live from Palais Garnier, Paris, 19 Jun 2018.



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