Opéra Comique 2023 Review: L’Inondation

An opera composer, regardless of their era, always has to address the question, “Why opera?” The answer must come from the opera itself.  Francesco Filidei and Joël Pommerat’s “L’Inondation” tell us their “whys.” Opera, though deemed an anachronic format, brings back this lyrical rhetoric tradition to recover an overpowering form of sensibility. “L’Inondation,” was based on Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novella “Navodneniye (The Flood),” which tells {…}

Patricia Petibon, Pretty Yende, Sir Simon Keenlyside & Adèle Charvet Lead Théâtres de Compiègne’s 2021-22 Season

(Credits: Bernard Martinez / © Gregor Hohenberg / Uwe Arens / Adèle Charvet official website) Théâtres de Compiègne have announced the 2021-22 season. Here is the full rundown. Chœur de La Tempête performs “Les Vêpres” by Rachmaninoff alongside conductor Simon-Pierre Bestion. Performance date: Sep. 11, 2021 Mezzo-soprano Adèle Charvet performs works by Debussy, Aubert, Ravel, Delage and Duparc alongside pianist {…}

Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier 2021 Announces Repertoire Change

(Credit: Lim Kiihwan) The Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier 2021 has announced the cancellation of the concert version of Massenet’s opera “Bacchus” that was scheduled for July 26. The opera was set to star Catherine Hunold, John Osborn, Virginie Verrez, Nicolas Testé, Jérôme Boutillier, Sébastien Droy, Florie Valiquette, and Philippe Nicolas-Martin alongside conductor Michael Schønwandt. As a replacement, the festival {…}

French Soprano Chloé Briot Files a Complaint for the Alleged Sexual Harassment

(Credit: Anais Briot) French soprano Chloé Briot has filed a complaint for the alleged sexual harassment. The repeated incidents allegedly took place between October 2019 and February 2020 during a contemporary production of  Joël Pommerat and Francesco Filidei’s opera “L’Inondation.” The opera was commissioned by l’Opéra-Comique in Paris, as the co-production with l’Opéra de Rennes and the Angers-Nantes Opéra. Briot, {…}