Archive for the ‘An American in Paris’ Category

The New Season at the Paris Opera

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead The season 2014-15 at the Opéra National de Paris has a distinct French flavor. It is another highpoint in the increased attention that France is giving to their music in recent years. For several decades after the end of the war, seasons were almost exclusively German or Italian in flavor but in […]

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Opera and the Super Bowl

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead It is now three decades I have lived in France but, when there is a chance, I like to re-connect with my roots. Last night was Super Bowl night and it was even live on French TV at midnight. I remember those overstuffed afternoons with friends or family where we, along with […]

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Paris – A Permanent Festival

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead When one thinks of Paris, the sights, the Seine, the food, the romance come to mind. Even the tourist office never talks about the extraordinary classical music scene, certainly one of the greatest in any city in the world. It is a secret story that amazes with its treasures. Virtually every night, […]

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Concert de Noel

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

A Christmas gift thanks to France Television: a celebratory concert of the Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France with their new music director (starting next season), Mikko Franck, with excellent vocalists and the Radio France choir. Natalie Dessay makes a guest appearance.   http://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/le-grand-concert-de-noel-au-pavillon-baltard-146775   On the same site, there are other finds like the rare […]

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The French Diapason Awards, 2013

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

By: Frank Cadenhead Diapason magazine, one of the two major music magazines in France, released their much-anticipated annual recording awards, Diapason d’Or, on Thanksgiving day, without apparently realizing that the significant number of American critics in France might be distracted.  Well, I was anyway. In the Vocal Recital category, unsurprisingly, Jonas Kaufmann won with his […]

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Bellini, I Puritani, Paris Opera, November 25, 2013

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

By: Frank Cadenhead Monday night’s new production of Bellini’s I Puritani is yet another example of absent leadership at France’s flagship Paris Opera. The company is in artistic shambles and needs a general housecleaning. Incoming boss Stephane Lissner has much work to do. Why would a director put I Puritani in a season if nobody […]

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“It’s the Music that Keeps Me Young!”

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

By: Frank Cadenhead It was a remarkable birthday party to honor an extraordinary man. The November 7th celebration, about five weeks early, of pianist Menahem Pressler’s 90th birthday was also a celebration of his life’s work. Salle Pleyel, in Paris, was host to a program of chamber music with some of his friends, the kind […]

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Richard Strauss, Elektra, Paris Opera, October 27,2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

By: Frank Cadenhead The Paris Opera finally gets it right with the “less is more” production of Richard Strauss’ Elektra at the Bastille Opera Sunday, October 27. This production of Robert Carsen features twenty-plus Doppelgängerin, young women wearing simple black dresses exactly like Elektra’s and who move in unison and are almost always surrounding her […]

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Bayreuth’s Ticket Selling Experiment

Friday, October 18th, 2013

By:  Frank Cadenhead Problems the first days with the Affordable Care Act website was not the only internet issue last week. Munich’s Abendzeitung reports that there were also problems with last Sunday’s one-day ticket selling experiment for next summer’s Bayreuth Festival. It was a much anticipated event. The usual ticket buying process is for the […]

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La Vestale, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Oct. 15

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

By: Frank Cadenhead After a faltering start, the Paris opera season is finally under full sail with the much anticipated production of a rarely performed opera by Gasparo Spontini, La Vestale. Notably, the buzz was not at the Opéra de Paris but was for opening night of the opera season at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées […]

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