Archive for the ‘An American in Paris’ Category

The Paris Philharmonie’s Second Year Numbers.

Friday, March 17th, 2017

By:  Frank Cadenhead There was considerable concern about the future of the Philharmonie complex when it opened its doors in January of 2015. It was two years later than originally scheduled and almost three times the original cost estimate. It was still not totally finished and was in a poor area of town next to […]

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Yet Another Festival from René Martin.

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

By: Frank Cadenhead Indefagatable. That might be the word. René Martin already has plenty on his plate but still wants more. His latest creation is a festival which debuts from September 21 to 24 which will unfold in and around iconic Mont-Saint-Michel. The abbey of this tiny island town, whose famed image is only slightly less […]

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Two Concerts in Paris

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

By:  Frank Cadenhead Two concerts, Thursday and Friday, January 12 and 13, 2017, give a view to the future of the Paris music scene. The Thursday concert, with the first appearance of the new music director of the Orchestre National de France in his new role, gives a positive impression. Emmanuel Krivine, 69, is not […]

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Changes at the Opéra-Comique and Lyon’s Orchestra.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Best Laid Plans Department: for the Opéra-Comique, closed for two years, the post-restoration opening remains a story to be continued. Nine performances of Offenbach’s Fantasio in February, with a starry cast, was originally the celebratory opening event of the newly refurbished hall, the iconic Salle Favart. Delays in the promised completion date pushed the Offenbach […]

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Rozhdestvensky in Large Letters, Please.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By:  Frank Cadenhead Odd behavior marked the scheduled appearance of Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the helm of the Russian National Orchestra in Paris on Monday, November 28. The orchestra was at the Philharmonie for a short, two stop, tour. Two days before, at a concert in Baden-Baden, he conducted a program of Prokoviev’s Classical Symphony, the […]

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A Healthy Paris Opera

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

By: Frank Cadenhead The numbers for the Opéra national de Paris’ 2015-2016 season, recently released, gives a positive impression despite the effects of the murderous series of terrorist attacks on the 13th of November of last year. Attendance has remained steady and private donations are up. The attack on the Bataclan Theater, which lasted over […]

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The Return of the Opéra Comique

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

By: Frank Cadenhead The September 15 press conference was unusually packed for the season announcement of Opéra Comique. After being closed for 18 months and under new management, the interest in the future of this iconic Parisian institution was high. The new director, Olivier Mantei, was the only speaker and occupied the stage for about […]

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The Opening Night “Train Wreck” This Weekend

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

By: Frank Cadenhead Where is Stephen Colbert when you need him? He certainly could do a comedy routine about the train wreck that is the opening of the musical season in Paris this year. The goofiness of multiple openings of world-class events on the same day would get lots of laughs. In his absence I […]

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A Surprise Choice: Emmanuel Krivine as head of the Orchestre National de France.

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

by:  Frank Cadenhead On Wednesday, during a morning interview on France Musique, Emmanuel Krivine was blunt. “I’m trying to go to the end by being a little less of an ass than at the beginning” His selection as the new music director of the Orchestre National de France, starting with the coming season, was much […]

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Budget Tours Take a Hit in France

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

By: Frank Cadenhead Touring performing arts groups, usually orchestras and ballet companies from Eastern Europe, are a common part of each season in cities and towns throughout France and Europe. They usually feature standard repertory appealing to mass audiences and often have names which seem impressive but, under closer inspection, are of questionable importance. Is […]

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