Mar 18, 2010

Get a virtual ticket & watch Rigoletto

The Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Belgium will stream Rigoletto live on its website Opera Live on March 23, 2010 (8 pm Paris time).

You'll need to buy a virtual ticket to watch the program (that comes an information package about the singers and the production); 4€ for a Standard Quality video, 6€ for a video in High Quality.

Mar 12, 2010

Opéra Le Peletier

Paris Opera House from 1821 to 1973.

Opera Le Peletier, Paris, 1865

1873, just before the fire destroyed the place
(hence the building of the Garnier Opera)


Mar 11, 2010

Sneak peak: Lyon 2010-11 season [Villazon to direct Werther]

Even if the new season hasn't been revealed yet, the big news is already buzzing through town: Rolando Villazon will direct his first opera in Jan/Feb 2011 in Lyon, Werther (with Karine Deshayes).

I wonder if, having sung the role so many times, he thinks he can bring a vision to Massenet's piece. I doubt it, but of course, I wouldn't want to miss it either...

Next season will also feature :
  • Tristan und Isolde conducted by Kirill Petrenko, with Gary Lehman
  • Verdi's Luisa Miller directed by David Alden, conducted by Kazushi Ono, with Ermonela Jaho
  • Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias, played with Darius Milhaud's Boeuf sur le toit (both rarities) conducted by Lyon-born Ludovic Morlot (premiere in Lyon)
  • Stravinsky's Le Rossignol conducted by Kazushi Ono
  • Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy in March, shown separately over the past few years, conducted by Stefano Montanari
  • Rossini's Otello conducted by Evelino Pido [1]
  • Rachmaninov's Aleko and Monna Vanna
  • a Joyce DiDonato recital 

This 2010-11 season looks nothing like the current one, thank God.

[1] A new concert-versions cycle is announced for the next few years with Pido: after Donizetti's queens-cycle, this one should be all about Bellini.

Mar 5, 2010

Garnier makeover



Rénovation extérieure du palais Garnier
Feb.20, 2010

More pictures here.