Au Feu Rouge

Another Side of Paris

January 17, 2018 | Opera | By Mary Shaffer

A poet for our times, Fabien Marsaud, better known as Grand Corps Malade, is a cult figure on the French slam scene who grew up in the tough suburbs north of Paris. He took his pseudonym, which means “Big Sick … Read More

La Bohème

Tragic Love in a Frosty Setting

December 6, 2017 | Opera | By Nick Hammond

Imagine the scene. German director Claus Guth has been asked to create a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème for the Bastille Opera House in Paris. “I need to shake up this old chestnut.” he says to himself. “Let … Read More


Crosses to Bear in Puccini Opera

September 21, 2016 | Opera | By Nick Hammond

I must admit to a longstanding prejudice against the music of Giacomo Puccini. For me, the music and action of an opera should form a cohesive whole, but in Puccini’s case, the melodies are too frothily beautiful for their own … Read More

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

March 2, 2016 | | By Nick Hammond

Wagner Lightens UpAfter Über-Serious Works Gerald Finley as Hans Sachs and Bo Skovhus as Sixtus Beckmesser in Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.” © Vincent Pontet/Opéra National de Paris On first encounter, Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg would seem to … Read More