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Classic and surprising

Classic and surprising

Categories : Entertainment, published on : 5/1/23

The Paris Opera never ceases to amaze and delight with its interpretations of classic works presented in productions full of audacity and inventiveness. The programme for the 2022/2023 season of the leading opera and ballet company of France will doubtless consolidate its excellent reputation. At the end of spring, two major opera productions will attract particular attention: La Bohème and Romeo and Juliet. There is no doubt that the talents of the Paris Opera will interpret these works respectfully while infusing them with an effective dose of modernity. Take advantage of your stay at the Hotel Marais Bastille by attending these performances at the Opéra Bastille, just a seven-minute walk away!


La Bohème among the stars

From May 17th to June 4th, Claus Guth takes over the stage of the Opéra Bastille for a very personal interpretation of Puccini's La Bohème. While the story of the poet Rodolfo and his lover, the delicate Mimi, suffering from the pangs of bohemian life, is respected to the letter, the director transposes the action into space. Like astronauts lost in infinity and suffering from cold and hunger, these characters, who originally inhabited 19th century Paris, are revealed in all their unparalleled depth and sensitivity. The work is staged with elegance and imagination and the Italian conductor Michele Mariotti excels with the musical direction, while Ailyn Pérez and Joshua Guerrero shine in the lead roles. Succumb to the enchantment of this timeless drama that navigates boldly through eras and contexts.


Romeo and Juliet: the timeless star-crossed lovers

Shakespeare's heart-wrenching drama remains an inexhaustible source of inspiration for librettists and composers, as is clear from the fact that more than twenty operas have been based on the Immortal Bard’s masterpiece. This year, the Paris Opera has chosen to perform Charles Gounod's interpretation, one of the best known and most appreciated since its creation in 1867. In a setting designed by Bruno de Lavenère, the staging by Thomas Jolly, an actor and director well regarded for his adaptations of Shakespearean dramas and other theatrical and operatic classics, realises its full potential. Elsa Dreisig and Pretty Yende interpret in turn and each in accordance with her personality, a Juliet full of grace and energy, while Benjamin Berheim and Francesco Demuro appropriate the character of Romeo with genius. Truly timeless, the drama set in Renaissance Verona, written in the 16th century, set to music in the 19th century and staged with a resolutely current inspiration, finds new strength and a wealth of emotion.


While staying at the Hôtel Marais Bastille, you can visit the nearby Opéra Bastille and enjoy its superb productions. Treat yourself to a prestigious evening at the opera with La Bohème or Romeo and Juliet bookended by an exploration of the excellent bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood. Remember to book your tickets as soon as possible for the Opéra Bastille. The Hôtel Marais Bastille team will be happy to help you organise your outing.          


Opéra Bastille

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Hotel Marais Bastille, a 3-star hotel a few steps from Place de la Bastille