Academie de l’Opéra de Paris Unveils 2020-21 Season

By David Salazar

The Académie of the Opéra de Paris has unveiled its 2020-21 season.

Concerts and Recitals – Ampithéâtre Bastille

The season will kick off with an opening night concert at the Ampithéâtre Bastille featuring several singers and pianists from the Academy.

Performance Dates: Sept. 16, 2020

The Academy will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a performance featuring the song cycle “À la Bien-aimée lontaine,” and the Archduke Trio.

Performance Dates: Oct. 8, 2020

 The Academy will present an “Hommage à Georges Aperghis” on the occasion of his 75th birthday celebration.

Performance Dates: Nov. 4, 2020

 There will be an entire evening dedicated to the music of “Saint-Saëns,” including ensembles from his operas and lesser-known works.

Performance Dates: Nov. 26, 2020

Jean-Luc Tingaud will lead artists from the Academy and the Orchestre-Atelier Ostinato in a performance highlighting works by Offenbach. Audiences will hear excerpts from “La Vie Parisienne,” “La Périchole,” “La Belle Hélène,” and “La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 13, 2020

There will also be a “Concert de Fêtes” which will include musical theater excerpts, as well as music by Cole Porter and Léhar.

Performance Dates: Dec. 16, 2020

Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes will give a masterclass.

Performance Dates: Jan. 9, 2021

 The Academy will present a concert featuring music by Carl Loewe and Hugo Wolf, among others.

Performance Dates: Feb. 11, 2021

There will also be a recital dedicated to Russian music from such composers as Tchaikovsky, Rimski-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich, among others.

Performance Dates: March 4, 2021

 There will be a concert dedicated to chamber music that will include not only instrumental, but also vocal works.

Performance Dates: March 25, 2021

Voix d’Automne – L’Académie à la Grange au Lac

Christina Pluhar will lead Artists from the Academy and the Ensemble L’Arpegiatta in a concert dedicated to music by Purcell. There will be excerpts from “Didon et Énée” and “La Tempête.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 23 & 24, 2020

There will be a concert dedicated to music inspired by the works of Victor Hugo by such composers as Berlioz and Hugo, among others.

Performance Dates: Oct. 24, 2020

Pluhar will lead “Music for a While,” another performance dedicated to the music of Purcell.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25, 2020

Jeune Public

The company will present “Bastien und Bastienne” with Ki up Lee, Ksenia Proshina, and Andriy Gnatuk.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5-23, 2020

There will be a concert of Arias and Melodies at the Studio Bastille.

Performance Dates: Nov. 19 and 20, 2020

Baritone Timothée Varon and pianist Yoan Héreau will present a concert of popular and traditional songs.

Performance Dates: Feb. 1 & 2, 2021

Baritone Vladimir Kapshuk and pianist Benjamin Laurent will present music based on works by Victor Hugo.

Performance Dates: March 4 & 5, 2021

Soprano Marianne Croux and pianist Yoan Héreau will present a wide range of danceable tunes, exploring tango, waltz, foxtrot, and bolero, among other genres.

Performance Dates: March 23 & 25, 2021

Major Productions

The organization will present its yearly concert at the Palais Garnier featuring the artists from the Academy. Vello Pahn will serve as musical director for the occasion.

Performance Dates: Jan 20, 2021

The season will conclude with a production of “The Rape of Lucretia” at the Théâtres des Bouffes du Nord. The production will be directed by Jeanne Candel and conducted by Léo Warynski.

Performance Dates: May 14-29, 2021