Archive for the ‘An American in Paris’ Category

French Minister of Culture and Covid

Monday, March 29th, 2021

By: Frank Cadenhead, Mar. 29,2021Many in France were concerned in recent days after their popular Culture Minister, Roselyne Bachelot, 74, was hospitalized after contracting the Covid-19 virus. She had tested positive on the 20th of March and hospitalized on the 24th with oxygen therapy. Her son, Pierre, in a statement on Sunday, was reassuring, indicating […]

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Notice of Cancellations at the Paris Opera

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

By: Frank Cadenhead This is an update of the projections for the Opera National de Paris. It is probable that the cancellations until the end of January will continue well into 2021 as the virus will not be fully contained until appropriate general protection is gained with the vaccines. The same actions have been, or […]

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“A Particularly Painful Decision”

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

By Frank Cadenhead, December 20, 2020 Tonight’s televised announcement of the French Prime Minister was another blow to the performing arts. The bad news came although the government’s Coronavirus control efforts were aggressive and it was working. Masks are a requirement in any public place and permission to leave your home had to be formally […]

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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at the Opéra Comique

Monday, September 28th, 2020

By: Frank Cadenhead. 28 September 2020. Tonight’s opening performance of Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at Paris’ Opéra Comique has been cancelled. The next four nights also. The reason: one of the “artistic team” has Covid-19. The performances of 3 to 8 October are still planned, with the assumption that the situation would be under control […]

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Culture in Contagious Times.

Friday, September 4th, 2020

By: Frank Cadenhead. The photo below – two recent front page features in a regional newspaper in France – suggests just how high the visibility is of the world of culture in France. It also suggests the wide concern about this world which is usually centered around a public assembly in these pandemic times. Art […]

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July 14th Concert in Paris

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

By Frank Cadenhead. The July 14th Concert at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris went ahead as planned last night – with some adjustments for the current health climate. This iconic Bastille Day event, followed by a famous fireworks display, is now in the eighth year, and was televised in France, on Eurovision […]

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An Important Message From Opera Europa

Monday, April 27th, 2020

Opera EuropaThe professional association of opera companies and festivals in Europe. THE NEED FOR CULTURE When times are hard, we more than ever need the solace of culture. Art, books, films, music, theatre are therapy for disrupted lives.We recognise that Governments must impose restrictions on public gatherings in order to protect lives; and we are […]

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A Cri du Coeur from French Artists

Monday, March 16th, 2020

By Frank Cadenhead. March 16, 2020. This is a major declaration of French opera’s performing artists. This “Cri du Coeur” makes plain that the abrupt cancellation of all opera everywhere in France at Midnight on March 14 leaves both artists and staff without any idea of when this will end and if there will be […]

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Wasn’t There a Revolution in France?

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

By: Frank Cadenhead. When I heard that there was a box in the Opéra-Comique that was still in the possession of an aristocratic family, I thought it was a joke. There is a French version of The Onion available but this item was in Le Monde. It appears that Louis XVI gave a box as […]

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Good News Backstage at La Monnaie

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

  By: Frank Cadenhead.  It is not a news item demanding the attention of fans of opera around the world but it is important for opera in Brussels. The Théâtre de la Monnaie stage and the workshops where productions are prepared and stored are now linked by a tunnel under Leopold Street. There was only […]

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