Die Fledermaus

And the Band Played On

March 20, 2019 | Opera | By Heidi Ellison

A sparkling production of Johann Strauss the Younger‘s Die Fledermaus by the Academy of the Paris Opera is being performed at the MC 93 theater in the Paris suburb of Bobigny before touring four French cities. With a terrific cast … Read More

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. When … 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