Opéra national de Paris

Opéra national de Paris

The Paris Opera/ Opéra de Paris, is the primary opera and ballet company of France. It was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV as the Académie d'Opéra, and shortly thereafter was placed under the leadership of Jean-Baptiste Lully and officially renamed the Académie Royale de Musique, but continued to be known more simply as the Opéra. Classical ballet as it is known today arose within the Paris Opera as the Paris Opera Ballet and has remained an integral and important part of the company. Currently called the Opéra national de Paris, it mainly produces operas at its modern 2,723-seat theatre Opéra Bastille which opened in 1989, and ballets and some classical operas at the older 1,979-seat Palais Garnier which opened in 1875. Small scale and contemporary works are also staged in the 500-seat Amphitheatre under the Opéra Bastille.

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Opéra national de Paris
  • L'elisir d'amore

    L'elisir d'amore by G. Donizetti, from Paris Opera, 2006. Directed by Laurent Pelly, conductor Edward Gardner, starring Laurent Naouri, Ambrogio Maestri, Paul Groves, Heidi Grant Murphy and Aleksandra Zamojska. Performed in Italian.

  • Louise

    Louise by G. Charpentier, from Paris Opera, 2007. Directed by André Engel, conductor Sylvain Cambreling, starring Luca Lombardo, José Van Dam, Mireille Delunsch, Jane Henschel, Marie-paule Dotti, Anne Salvan and Natacha Constantin. Performed in French.

  • Le Nozze di Figaro

    Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart, from Opéra National de Paris, 2006. Directed by Christoph Marthaler, conductor Sylvain Cambreling, starring Peter Mattei, Christine Schäfer, Heidi Grant Murphy, Lorenzo Regazzo and Christine Oelze. Performed in Italian.

  • Le nozze di Figaro

    Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart, from Opéra national de Paris, performed at Opéra Bastille, 2010. Directed by Giorgio Strehler, conductor Philippe Jordan, starring Ann Murray, Robert Lloyd, Barbara Frittoli, Luca Pisaroni, Ekaterina Siurina, Ludovic Tézier, Karine Deshayes, Maria Savastano, Ch...

  • Hercules

    Hercules by G. F. Handel, from Opéra de Paris - Garnier, performed at Palais Garnier, 2005. Directed by Luc Bondy, conductor William Christie, starring Malena Ernman,Joyce DiDonato,Toby Spence,Ingela Bohlin,William Shimell,Simon Kirkbride. Performed in English

  • The Cunning Little Vixen

    The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček, from Opéra national de Paris (Opéra Bastille), 2008. Directed by Don Kent, conductor Dennis Russel Davies. Starring Elena Tsallagova; Jukka Rasilainen; Michèle Lagrange; David Kuebler; Roland Bracht; Paul Gay; Hannah Esther Minutillo; Hauts-de-Seine Child...

  • Werther

    Werther by Jules Massenet, from Paris Bastille Opéra, France, 2010. Directed by Benoît Jacquot and Louise Narboni, conductor Michel Plasson. Starring Jonas Kaufmann (Werther); Sophie Koch (Charlotte); Ludovic Tézier Albert; Alain Vernhes (Le Bailli); Andreas Jaggi (Jean Schmidt); Christian Trégu...