Onéguine • John Cranko

Onéguine • John Cranko

Palais Garnier (map)

Romanticism and Saint Petersburg dandyism take pride of place in this great classical ballet. Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel, Eugene Onegin, is a tale of missed opportunities, lost loves and bitter remorse. It is also a ballet by the choreographer John Cranko, the first representative of the Anglo-Saxon tradition to take an interest in these dramatic themes filled with emotional intensity. He was rapidly captivated by the thwarted love and tormented passion that characterise this work of Shakespearean dimensions. Extracts from works by Tchaikovsky support the lyrical flight of the dancers’ movements and the theatricality of the work.

performed by the Paris national Opera Ballet

Music - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto - John Cranko after Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
Choreography - John Cranko
Director - John Cranko
Set Design - Jürgen Rose
Lighting Design - Steen Bjarke

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Alcina • Händel

Alcina • Händel

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (map)

Last season, Parisians were treated to a moving Norma by Cecilia Bartoli. This season, we are delighted to welcome her back for Alcina. This wonderful character of a betrayed sorceress, composed by Handel in 1735, is tailor-made for the vocal calibre and personality of the Roman mezzo. Not only will she perform in a stage production of a Handel opera, but she will also be accompanied for the occasion by Philippe Jaroussky as Ruggiero, making this a very special event. This duet will perform wonderfully well together in this romantic drama. German playwright Christof Loy, who has an excellent eye for glamour and devilry alike, offers an ambitious reading of the work which brings together the requisite emotion, magic and betrayal, with the occasional shaft of humour. Emmanuelle Haïm and the Concert d’Astrée will be in the orchestra pit and their familiarity with Handel is certain to provide the grandeur and expressiveness intended by the composer.

performed by the Orchestra and Choir Concert d'Astrée

Musical Direction - Emmanuelle Haïm
Music - Georg Friedrich Händel

Staging - Christof Loy
Choreography - Thomas Wilhelm
Set Design - Johannes Leiacker
Lighting - Bernd Purkrabek
Costumes - Ursula Renzenbrink

Cast
Alcina - Cecila Bartoli
Ruggiero - Philippe Jaroussky
Morgana - Julie Fuchs
Bradamante - Varduhi Abrahamyan
Oronte - Fabio Trümpy
Melisso - Krysztof Baczky
Cupido - Barbara Goodman

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Macbeth • Verdi

Macbeth • Verdi

Royal Opera House (map)

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus

Music - Guiseppe Verdi
Musical Direction - Antonio Pappano
Concert Master - Sergey Levitin

Tragedy - William Shakespeare
Libretto - Francesco Maria Piave
Director - Phyllida Lloyd
Designer - Anthony Ward
Lighting - Paule Constable
Choreography - Michael Keegan-Dolan

Cast
Macbeth - Željko Lučić
Lady Macbeth - Anna Netrebko
Banquo - Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Macduff - Yusif Eyvazov
Lady-in-waiting - Francesca Chiejina
Malcolm - Konu Kim
Doctor - Simon Shibambu

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