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Opera national de Paris: La Cenerentola
February 21 & 23 & 26
Opera national de Paris: La Cenerentola(2019)
“Before the carnival is over, all Rome will love my Cinderella…” Thus spoke Rossini in 1817, in the aftermath of the disastrous opening night, firmly convinced that his pumpkin would be transformed into a sumptuous carriage. The future was to prove him right. However, in moving from Perrault’s tale to the opera, the humble servant who dreams of going to the ball has lost all her magical attributes: here there is no fairy godmother to transform mice into horses, rats into coachmen and lizards into footmen with a wave of her wand. And it is not a fur slipper but a bracelet that the beauty leaves behind for her prince, quite deliberately, challenging him to find her again. The Enlightenment had lit its fires throughout Europe and La Cenerentola focused on the burning issues of the day, confronting social divisions to reveal the crinoline beneath the rags. Guillaume Gallienne, member of the Comédie-Française, stages his first opera.

From Opéra de Paris (Palais Garnier)
LIVE June 20, 2017 at 19h15 (Paris time)

Running Time: 3h 10min (including a 30 min intermission)

Conductor Ottavio Dantone
Staged by Guillaume Gallienne
Artistic collaboration Marie Lambert
Sets designs Éric Ruf
Costumes designs Olivier Bériot
Lighting design Bertrand Couderc
Chorus Master José Luís Basso

Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra de Paris

Don Ramiro Juan José De León
Dandini Alessio Arduini
Don Magnífico Maurizio Muraro
Clorinda Chiara Skerath
Tisbe Isabelle Druet
Angelina Teresa Iervolino
Alidoro Roberto Tagliavini

Opéra national de Paris: Don Pasquale
March 14 & 16 & 19
Opéra national de Paris: Don Pasquale(2019)
Opera in 3 Acts
Sung in Italian
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti

Opéra national de Paris
June 19, 2018
Approximate Running Time: 2h35 with 1 intermission

“Foolish indeed is he who marries in old age.” Thus ends Don Pasquale: with a wise dictum not lacking in irony that sums up the disappointments of its hero, a rich bachelor keen to marry, who is deceived by his nephew Ernesto and his young bride-to-be Norina. First performed in Paris in 1843, at the turning point of several eras, Don Pasquale, a composite and varied work, is the apotheosis of opera buffa. Performed for the first time at the Paris Opera, the production has been entrusted to Italian director, Damiano Michieletto, who transports us directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendor at the heart of a seemingly light‑hearted work.

Bass Michele Pertusi sings the title role, joined by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, whose “instrument of great beauty and expression” is “perfectly suited” to the great operas of Donizetti (NPR Music). Nadine Sierra, winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, sings as the flirtatious and mischievous Norina.

Conductor Evelino Pidò
Director Damiano Michieletto
Set design Paolo Fantin
Costume design Agostino Cavalca
Lighting design Alessandro Carletti
Chorus master Alessandro Di Stefano
Orchestra & Chorus of Opéra national de Paris

Don Pasquale Michele Pertusi
Dottor Malatesta Florian Sempey
Ernesto Lawrence Brownlee
Norina Nadine Sierra
A notary Frédéric Guieu