Opera and the Philharmonie; upcoming musical events in Paris
Published on 5 February 2019, dans Entertainment
Enjoy a break at the Hotel Marais Bastille and enjoy some superb musical events! Opera lovers will be delighted to attend one of the performances of Swan Lake at the Opéra Bastille from February 16th to March 19th. Don’t miss a visit to the Opera Garnier, where you can admire the incredible architecture and décor as well as enjoy a performance. Finally, music lovers will want to find out what the new season at the Philharmonie de Paris has in store.
Swan Lake takes flight at the Opéra Bastille
Swan Lake returns to the stage of the Opera Bastille from February 16th to March 19th, 2019 for 20 exceptional performances. Tchaikovsky's legendary ballet, under the musical direction of Valery Ovsyanikov, will transport you for a few hours of pure wonder through the poetic and dreamlike tale of the impossible love between the young Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette, a beautiful maiden who has been cursed by an evil sorcerer so that she turns into a swan by day, returning to her human form only at night. This version of the deeply moving story is the psychologically weighted interpretation choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev in 1984. It is told anew with grace and exquisite skill by the Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris and promises to delight everyone who attends a performance, whether they are confirmed enthusiasts or new to the fascinating world of ballet.
A new season at the Philharmonie de Paris
Discover the magic of a symphonic concert in the setting of the Philarmonie de Paris. This 2,400-seat concert hall is dedicated mainly to symphonic music but nevertheless offers a place for contemporary music, world music and shows in which music is mixed with other forms of expression. The new season will revolve around key works of the symphonic repertoire such as Mahler’s Symphony no. 8, Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, and the requiems of Verdi and Mozart. The Philharmonie will also celebrate the links between music and cinema, including John Williams’ score for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and honour composers of the new century such as Olga Neuwirth.
Visit the Opera Garnier, a temple of opera
Don’t miss a visit to the Palais Garnier. Inaugurated in 1875, the Opera Garnier was named after its architect Charles Garnier, and has always impressed with its pomp, majesty and eclectic architectural style. Classified as a historic monument in 1923, it is the very symbol of Baron Haussmann’s reconfiguration of Paris as instigated by Napoleon III. The interior décor, sculptures, colours, mosaics, gilding, velvet and master staircase will impress and delight you. The many paintings and sculptures on display make the Palais Garnier both a theatre and a museum! You’ll also be amazed by the superb Rotonde des Abonnés, a circular vestibule adorned with 16 columns of red marble, located directly under the theatre and designed to allow the abonnés (subscribers) of yesteryear to enjoy convenient access from their carriages to the building’s interior.
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Hotel Marais Bastille, a 3-star hotel a few steps from Place de la Bastille