Tristan und Isolde

The Joys of Tragedy

September 19, 2018 | Opera | By Nick Hammond

  Some might think that foregoing one of the final days of late-summer sunshine to spend over five hours cooped up in a theater watching Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde demonstrates either an admirable sense of duty or complete madness. … Read More

Les Vocations d’Euterpe

Giver of Musical Delight

March 13, 2018 | Classical | By Heidi Ellison

Here’s a great tip for classical music lovers in Paris, especially impecunious ones: an association called Les Vocations d’Euterpe organizes regular concerts by musicians from France’s top music conservatories with no entrance fees (although donations are requested for the musicians). I … Read More

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