Archive for the ‘An American in Paris’ Category

A Bloody Evening and Offenbach

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

By: Frank Cadenhead.  The shooting in Strasbourg on Tuesday, December 11, received international attention. Three dead and thirteen wounded. What is seldom heard are stories of how individuals were peripherally affected by the attack. Thomas Quinquenel, a bassoonist with the Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse, was inside the opera house in Strasbourg and told his story […]

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Brexit and the Arts

Monday, November 26th, 2018

By: Frank Cadenhead  Deborah Warner is staging La Traviata opening Wednesday night at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées. She tweeted this photo and text: “The #Traviata creative team on the Avenue Montaigne last night. Please note @10DowningStreet the passports held by this team:- French, Greek, Australian, Danish, Italian, Belgium & British. Tell me EXACTLY what happens […]

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France Musique in English

Monday, November 5th, 2018

By: Frank Cadenhead.  Frequent world travelers often expect, whether in Dubai or Berlin, Rome, Tokyo or Santiago, that their English will normally get them from the airport to a hotel and restaurant, etc. Many notice, however, that in Paris, or elsewhere in France, a French language phrasebook can be a helpful tool. The French are […]

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A new theater: La Scala de Paris

Monday, September 17th, 2018

By: Frank Cadenhead Last Tuesday, a new theater opened in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris. Well, it was not exactly “new” but, thanks to a visionary couple, “La Scala de Paris” is reborn as a 550 seat performing arts center. Recently home to some 200 pigeons, it had, before that, been a porno cinema. Completed […]

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Future Changes at the Paris Opera

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

By: Frank Cadenhead September 13, 2018. The French website ForumOpéra.com posted a 58 word note on Tuesday which announced something which has not appeared in the major press. It reported that the Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, has already told Stéphane Lissner that his current term as director of the Opéra national de Paris would […]

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Two Public Relations Failures

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By: Frank Cadenhead Published April 25, 2018 The Hamburg State Opera is suffering a public-relations disaster and it is clearly self-inflicted. When they decided that the popular French soprano Julie Fuchs could not perform the role of Pamina in their production because she was four months pregnant, somebody must have know that this decision would […]

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Some Good News for the Paris Opéra.

Friday, April 20th, 2018

By: Frank Cadenhead There is good news from the Paris Opéra which might somewhat offset the dismal recent news on this site of sexual harassment and alleged poor management of the Opéra’s world-renowned ballet company. That bad news might go someway to explain the early departure of Benjamin Millepied as ballet director in February of […]

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The President at the Opera

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

By: Frank Cadenhead On October 30, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, made an appearance at the Opéra de Strasbourg. No, it was not a gala or a special occasion. It was just to witness a rehearsal of the opera Carmen in its “participatory version.” The Strasbourg opera forces, along with their chorus, Maîtrise de l’Opéra […]

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Good News for the Radio Orchestras?

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By: Frank Cadenhead June 15, 2017. An article in Tuesday’s Le Figaro newspaper gives some positive news about the future of the two radio orchestras in France, the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. As we reported in 2015 in Musical America, there was panic when proposals were floated to […]

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Emmanuel Macron, Pianist and President

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

By: Frank Cadenhead Today, Sunday May 14, 2017, Emmanuel Macron, the newly-elected President of France is officially installed with much ceremony including a parade down the Champs-Elysées. In an interview on a French classical music website in April, he was asked about his favorite composer. This is his reply: “I have a great admiration for […]

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