Apr 14, 2008

TCE 2008-09

Not much left of the 2008-09 season at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, if you get rid of Haendel, Haydn, Bach, Mozart and all the baroque repertoire (Lully, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Scarlatti and Purcell). Left are:
  • Altre Stelle, the new Era la notte kind of show, directed by Juliette Deschamps and sung by Anna Caterina Antonacci (April 2009)
  • Mendelssohn's Elias conducted by Kurt Masur, with Bryn Terfel (Jan.11 & 12)
  • Strauss' Die Rosenkavalier conducted by Christian Thielemann, with Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch and Diana Damrau (Feb.4)
  • Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict (Feb.5 & 6) conducted by Sir Colin Davis, with Joyce DiDonato (Béatrice)
  • Episode de la vie d'un artiste, "monodrame lyrique" by Hector Berlioz, conducted by il maestro Riccardo Muti, with Gérard Depardieu as the "récitant" (Feb.26)
  • Debussy's Le Martyre de St-Sébastien, conducted by Danielle Gatti, with fantastic French actress Isabelle Huppert as "récitante" (April 9)
  • Kurt Weill's Die Dreigroschenoper, conducted by Heinz-Karl Gruber (who will also take on the part of J. J. Peachum), with Angelika Kirchschlager and Ian Bostridge (June 14)
Recitals include Thomas Hampson, Elina Garanca, Juan Diego Florez (Nov.24), Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau (March 21) and duet performances by Rolando Villazon & Bryn Terfel (Jan.16) and Angelika Kirchschlager & Simon Keenlyside (Nov.5, Marc Minkowski cond.). NB. Tickets sold unline from Sept.1.

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