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Opéra Royal de Versailles 2022-23 Review: Dido and Aeneas


Photo: Pablo Lorente Opéra Royal de Versailles’ “Dido and Aeneas” has, on paper, great musicians, a good stage director, good dancers, and even William Christie. But that was not enough to prevent leaving the theater frustrated. The principal point of frustration came from how poorly conceived the production itself was. This failure is exclusive to good and well-intentioned artists—those from {…}


Ambroisine Bré, Cyril Auvity, Emmanuelle de Negri & Eugénie Lefebvre Lead Cycle Molière at Opéra Royal de Versailles


(Credit: Eric Layarradieu) Opéra Royal de Versailles has announced a Cycle Molière that will be dedicated to 400th anniversary of the birth of Jean-Baptiste Molière. Molière was a French playwright, actor, and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and world literature. His extant works include comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comédie-ballets, and more. For the {…}


Valentina Nafornița, Gaëlle Arquez & Franco Fagioli Headline Opéra Royal de Versailles’ 2021-22 Season


(Credit: EPV / Christian Millet) Opéra Royal de Versailles has announced its 2021-22 season, featuring number of rarely performed operas and vocal works. Here is the full slate. Opera  André Grétry’s opera “Richard Cœur de Lion” features Rémy Mathieu as Blondel and Pierre Derhet in the title role. The cast will be rounded out by Melody Louledjian, Marie Perbost Antonio, {…}

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Opéra Royal Versailles 2023 Review: Armide


I’m always struck by the story of “Armide.” The drama of the ancient sorceress is simultaneously transcendent and humane. The opera, after Torquato Tasso’s “Jerusalem Delivered,” ponders the prickly relationship between affect and politics, leading to the one-million-dollar question: Is his love enough? Or, even better: Is love enough? Philippe Quinault’s libretto contraposes the idea of freedom with lovelessness. Renaud’s {…}


Sonya Yoncheva, Adriana González, Iestyn Davies Headline Château de Versailles Spectacles Royal Opera House 2022-23 Season


The Château de Versailles Spectacles Royal Opera House has unveiled its 2022-23 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be solely on vocal performances. The vocal portion of the season kicks off with a performance of Berlioz’s “Roméo et Juliette” with Virginie Verrez, Andrew Staples, and Edwin Crossley-Mercer. Daniel Harding conducts the Choeur de Radio France and {…}

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Bayreuth Baroque Festival 2023 Review: Flavio, Re De’ Longobardi


(Photo: Falk von Traubenburg) Max Cenčić has a long-established reputation as a sensitive and technically brilliant virtuoso countertenor. However, over the past six or seven years, he has also become increasingly known for his skills as a stage director owing to a string of stunning productions, such as Hasse’s “Siroe,” which he toured in 2017. In 2020, he was appointed {…}


Opera Lafayette Announces New Artistic Director


Photo Credit: Opera Lafayette Opera Lafayette announced its Founder and Artistic Director Ryan Brown will step down from the position in 2025. With this announcement, Patrick Dupre Quigley has been named Artistic Director Designate. Quigley’s new role has taken effect. Moving forward, he will work closely with Brown for the next two seasons, along with the musicians, audience, staff, and {…}


Michael Spyres, Véronique Gens, Paula Murrihy, Jakub Josef Orlinski, Francesca Aspromonte Headline Château de Versailles Spectacles’ 2023-24 Season


The Château de Versailles Spectacles has announced its 2023-24 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be solely on vocal performances. John Eliot Gardiner will lead the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Berlioz’s “Les Troyens.” The opera stars Michael Spyres, Paula Murrihy, and Alice Coote, among others. Performance Dates: August 29, 2023 Soprano Marie Perbost will join {…}