Joyaux • George Balanchine

Joyaux • George Balanchine

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George Balanchine, a fervent admirer of the female sex, pays tribute to them in Joyaux, a ballet inspired by the flamboyant window displays of the jewellers on New York’s 5th Avenue. ÉmeraudesRubis and Diamants succeed each other in a skilfully orchestrated triptych, a celebration of the capital cities of the three great schools of dance: Paris, New York and Saint Petersburg. To complete this luminous picture and bring a festive air, the Paris Opera has called upon the designer Christian Lacroix. Who better to bring to life Balanchine’s dream through sets and costumes than this creator of beauty?

Gala d'ouverture de la saison de danse 17/18 • Opening Gala 17/18

Gala d'ouverture de la saison de danse 17/18 • Opening Gala 17/18

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The Paris Opera Ballet season opens with a unique and henceforth regular event: an exceptional gala bringing together the Étoiles, the Premiers Danseurs and the entire Corps de Ballet, not forgetting the pupils of the Ballet School. The dazzling programme includes the sumptuous Défilé du Ballet which opens up the stage to include the Foyer de la Danse, paying handsome tribute to Charles Garnier’s architectural intentions. Two new works join the repertoire to accompany George Balanchine’s Diamants, the choreographer’s tribute to the Russian school of dance: Hans van Manen’s Trois Gnossiennes and Faun by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, mysterious and delicate pas de deux where emotion flows out of music and movement. An evening that celebrates the talent and technique of the Company’s dancers.

Don Carlos • Verdi

Don Carlos • Verdi

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If there exists an opera that defies boundaries at every level, be they dramatic or dramaturgical, it is certainly Verdi’s Don Carlos, a work by an Italian composer created in French, and in which the climate of war with Spain and the melancholy of human beings draw our attention to the fate to Flanders. Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis are all entwined here, increasingly exacerbating the fears and taboos between the protagonists. Krzysztof Warlikowski strips down a tragedy haunted by ghosts, and places the intimate at the heart of an imaginary fresco truer than history itself. Along with Philippe Jordan, he reveals to the public the very first version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867. Echoing this historic version, the Paris Opera will be scheduling the five-act version of Don Carlo in Italian in 2019.

Music - Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto - Joseph Méry Camille du Locle

Conductor - Philippe Jordan

Director - Krzysztof Warlikowski

Philippe II - Ildar Abdrazakov

Don Carlos - Jonas Kaufmann

Rodrigue - Ludovic Tézier

Le grand inquisiteur - Dmitry Belosselskiy

Élisabeth de Valois - Sonya Yoncheva

La princesse Eboli - Elīna Garanča

Thibault - Eve-Maud Hubeaux

Députés flamands - Tiago MatosMichal PartykaMikhail TimoshenkoTomasz Kumiega; Andrei Filonczyk; Daniel Giulianini

Une voix d'en haut - Silga Tīruma

Le comte de Lerme - Julien Dran

Un héraut royal - Hyun-Jong Roh

Le moine - Krzysztof Baczyk

Don Quichotte • Rudolf Nureyev

Don Quichotte • Rudolf Nureyev

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Inspired by the choreography of Marius Petipa, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote is a veritable festival of dance, displaying the excellence of the soloists and the Corps de Ballet in a wide variety of ensembles and pas de deux. At the heart of the ballet, the lovers Kitri and Basilio use every ruse, from puppet shows to fake suicide, to see each other despite Kitri’s father’s opposition. Ultimately, after battling with windmills and encountering Cupid, Dulcinea and the Queen of the Dryads, it is the Chevalier de la Mancha who brings about the happy end. Flamboyant costumes with a Spanish air contribute to the brilliance of this joyful work.


Libretto - Miguel de Cervantès

Music - Ludwig Minkus; Arrangements : John Lanchbery

Choreography - Rudolf Noureev; After Marius Petipa

Set design - Alexandre Beliaev

Costume design - Elena Rivkina

Lighting design - Philippe Albaric

Conductor - Valery Ovsyanikov

La Bohème • Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème • Giacomo Puccini

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Is it because Murger had himself lived this way in his youth? No one better described the half-starved, struggling artists than the writer in his Scènes de la Vie de Bohème: artists ready to burn a manuscript to try to keep warm yet, in an era of triumphant bourgeois materialism, dreaming of another existence. Taking up these scenes of Bohemian life, Puccini offers us a heart-breaking love story and some of the most beautiful music in the history of opera in the story of the poet Rodolfo and fragile Mimi. The staging of this new production has been entrusted to Claus Guth who sets the drama in a future devoid of hope in which love and art become the sole means of transcendence.

Music - Giacomo Puccini

Libretto - Giuseppe Giacosa; Luigi Illica

Conductor - Gustavo Dudamel 

Director - Claus Guth

Mimì - Sonya Yoncheva

Musetta - Aida Garifullina

Rodolfo - Atalla Ayan

Marcello - Artur Ruciński

Schaunard - Alessio Arduini

Colline - Roberto Tagliavini

Alcindoro - Marc Labonnette

Parpignol - Antonel Boldan

Sergente dei doganari - Florent Mbia

Un doganiere - Jian-Hong Zhao

Un venditore ambulante - Fernando Velasquez