Palace Opera & Ballet Season 2018/19

Palace Opera & Ballet Season 2018/19

Palace Opera & Ballet Season 2018/19

Exclusive Tasmanian screenings!

“How much does it cost to catch eight shows in Paris with side trips to Berlin and Milan? Not much if your entertainment package comes courtesy of Palace Opera & Ballet, whose pick of the top European houses makes for mouth-watering reading.” Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine

Opera de Paris: Les Huguenots - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Lisette Oropesa, Yosep Kang
  • Director
  • Andreas Kriegenburg
  • Synopsis
  • New Production! Yosep Kang, Lisette Oropesa, Ermonela Jaho and Nicolas Testé lead a great cast for this long-awaited revival of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s spectacular Grand Opera, on stage in Paris for the first time in over 80 years!
    An immediate success at the Paris Opera in 1836 where it was first staged, Les Huguenots became a repertory mainstay and the first work to be performed there 1,000 times! It's a monumental fresco featuring various impossible loves in the context of the 1572 Saint Bartholomew's Day massacre of French Huguenots (Protestants) by the Roman Catholic forces of Charles IX.
    For its revival, Andreas Kriegenburg places these romantic and religious conflicts in an immaculate setting in which the costumes appear yet more flamboyant and the victims’ blood more violently red.

    Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 4 Oct 2018.
    Director: Andreas Kriegenburg.
    Conductor: Michele Mariotti.
    Cast: Lisette Oropesa, Yosep Kang.
    Duration: approx. 4h50, incl. 2 intervals.
    Sung in French, with English subtitles.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 290 mins
  • Genre
  • Opera
  • Running Time
  • 290 minutes

Paris Opera Ballet: Tribute to Jerome Robbins - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs
and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera
  • Director
  • Jerome Robbins
  • Synopsis
  • New Production! Jerome Robbins considered the Paris Opera Ballet as his second home after the New York City Ballet. This production in his honour brings together four works displaying the infinite diversity of his sources of inspiration and his genius on stage. Be it in the energy of the large-scale Glass Pieces or the intimate sweetness of Afternoon of a Faun and A Suite of Dances, there emerges that rare capacity to make bodies follow the flow in a living comprehension of music. And as the celebrated, jazz-inspired ballet Fancy Free, a veritable theatrical portrait of an era, enters the repertoire, Robbins reveals another facet of his talent.

    Captured live from Palais Garnier, Paris, 8 Nov 2018.
    Choreography: Jerome Robbins.
    Conductor: Valery Ovsyanikov.
    Cast: Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs 
and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera.
    Duration: approx. 2h, incl. interval.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 140 mins
  • Genre
  • Ballet
  • Running Time
  • 140 minutes

La Scala: Attila - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Ildar Abdrazakov, Saioa Hernandez
  • Director
  • Davide Livermore
  • Synopsis
  • New Production! For the fourth consecutive year, Palace Opera Ballet will present La Scala’s season opening gala, one of Europe’s most anticipated cultural events. This year, maestro Riccardo Chailly and Davide Livermore continue their successful collaboration (after last season's Don Pasquale) to create a new staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s enthralling ninth opera.
    First staged at La Fenice in 1846, it’s a complex work in which a still youthful composer experiments with new paths between historical setting, spectacular impact, psychological glimpses and moral uncertainties. Attila asks the singers for their momentum and confidence but also the ability to find accents and nuances. Brilliant bass Ildar Abdrazakov will sing the title role opposite exciting Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez as Odabella.
    Captured live from Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 7 Dec 2018.
    Director: Davide Livermore.
    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    Cast: Ildar Abdrazakov, Saioa Hernandez.
    Duration: approx. 2h20, incl. interval.
    Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 140 mins
  • Genre
  • Opera
  • Running Time
  • 140 minutes

Opera de Paris: Simon Boccanegra - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Ludovic Tézier, Mika Kares
  • Director
  • Calixto Bieito
  • Synopsis
  • New Production! The ambiguities of Verdi’s theatre are particularly clear in his baritone roles, among which is that of Boccanegra (here the talented French baritone Ludovic Tézier), corsair turned doge of Genoa and the troubled observer of the conflicts that tore apart 14th century landowners and peasants. An eminently political opera in which power struggles are interwoven with family conflicts, Simon Boccanegra echoes the life of its composer – the man who championed the cause of Italian unification and overcame the loss of his wife and children. Calixto Bieito, that most Shakespearean of opera directors, brings humanism and truth to a work haunted by gleaming images of the sea.

    Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 13 Dec 2018.
    Director: Calixto Bieito.
    Conductor: Fabio Luisi.
    Cast: Ludovic Tézier, Mika Kares.
    Duration: approx. 2h50, incl. interval.
    Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 170 mins
  • Genre
  • Opera
  • Running Time
  • 170 minutes

Opera de Paris: Carmen - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna
  • Director
  • Calixto Bieito
  • Synopsis
  • "Carmen will never surrender, born free, free will she die” cries Bizet’s titular heroine (brilliant mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča) to Don José (Roberto Alagna) at the end of the opera. This irrepressible freedom, coupled with a need to live ever more intensely on a knife-edge, is present in Calixto Bieito’s production as in no other. Of Prosper Mérimée’s character, Bieito’s Carmen retains her thoroughly Iberian contours and the burning temperament of a woman who lives by small-time trafficking. However, the rebel bird is essentially a creature of our own times. A brazen and indomitable seductress and a product of social and masculine brutality, she lives life in the fast lane, avid for existence.

    Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, July 2017.
    Director: Calixto Bieito.
    Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    Cast: Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna.
    Duration: approx. 3h incl. interval.
    Sung in French, with English subtitles.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 180 mins
  • Genre
  • Opera
  • Running Time
  • 180 minutes

Paris Opera Ballet: Swan Lake - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs 
and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera
  • Synopsis
  • In Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky took up the legend of the immaculate bird to create some of the most beautiful music ever written for ballet.
    The choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov left their distinguishing mark on this story of an impossible love between an earthly prince and a bird-princess, refashioning the myth of the swan-dancer, the ultimate ballerina. When creating his version for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984, Rudolf Nureyev chose to give it a Freudian dimension, illuminating Tchaikovsky’s poetic dream through a sense of profound hopelessness.

    Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 21 Feb 2019.
    Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev.
    Conductor: Valery Ovsyanikov.
    Cast: Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs 
and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera. Duration: approx. 2h55, incl. interval.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 175 mins
  • Genre
  • Ballet
  • Running Time
  • 175 minutes

Staatsoper Berlin: Macbeth - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko
  • Director
  • Harry Kupfer
  • Synopsis
  • New Production! Captured live during a sold-out run at Staatsoper in 2018, Harry Kupfer’s smash-hit staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s vivid take on Shakespeare’s classic features icons Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko (in a signature role), led by legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim.
    After winning 
in battle, Commander Macbeth receives a prophesy that he will one day become King of Scotland. Influenced by the whisperings of his wife, he literally stops at nothing to fulfil the prophecy. But racked by guilt, the Macbeths soon sink into delusions and become victims of their own thirst for power.

    Captured live from Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, June 2018.
    Director: Harry Kupfer.
    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    Cast: Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko.
    Duration: approx. 2h40 incl. interval.
    Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 165 mins
  • Genre
  • Opera
  • Running Time
  • 165 minutes

Opera de Paris: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Aušrinė Stundytė, Pavel Černoch
  • Director
  • Krzysztof Warlikowski
  • Synopsis
  • New Production! Of Shostakovich’s initial undertaking – a trilogy on the tragic destinies 
of Russian women through the ages – only one opera was ever written: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Although one of the mainsprings of the work,
 the Shakespearean parallel is here bitterly ironic: unlike Lady Macbeth, Katerina Ismaïlova (Aušrinė Stundytė), who falls in love with one of her husband’s employees Sergey (Pavel Černoch) in the remote reaches of rural 19th century Russia and is finally forced to commit suicide, is less a manipulator than a victim of a violent and patriarchal society.
    Visionary director Krzysztof Warlikowski, whose Don Carlos was presented the last Palace Opera & Ballet season, liberates all the subversive power of this scorching, scandalous work.

    Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 16 Apr 2019.
    Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski.
    Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher.
    Cast: Aušrinė Stundytė, Pavel Černoch.
    Duration: approx. 3h30, incl. interval.
    Sung in Russian, with English subtitles.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 210 mins
  • Genre
  • Opera
  • Running Time
  • 210 minutes

Paris Opera Ballet: Cinderella - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Cast
  • Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs 
and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera
  • Synopsis
  • Charles Perrault’s celebrated tale, set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, is transposed to a film set. In a series of references to the heroes of the American cinema, Rudolf Nureyev propels his Cinderella under the spotlights of Hollywood. With a producer for fairy godmother and a star actor as Prince Charming, she escapes her miserable destiny and sees her dreams come true in a story not without similarities with that of the choreographer, the young Tartar who became an international star. With this “ballet-metaphor”, the Paris Opera Ballet pays tribute to Nureyev, its former director.

    Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, Dec 2018.
    Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev.
    Conductor: Vello Pähn.
    Cast: Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs
 and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera. Duration: approx. 2h50, incl. interval.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 170 mins
  • Genre
  • Ballet
  • Running Time
  • 170 minutes

Opera de Paris: Don Giovanni - Palace Opera & Ballet

  • Synopsis
  • New Production! What is this flame that compels Don Giovanni (here, the talented Étienne Dupuis) to seduce, subjugate and conquer women one after the other, with the fervour and cold indifference of a predator securing his prey; to pursue through his conquests some obscure and ever-elusive objective? For his second collaboration with Da Ponte, Mozart was to brand the history of opera with a hot iron and forever haunt European culture. In this story of a libertine punished, Kierkegaard invites us to hear “the whisperings of temptation, the whirlwind of seduction, the silence of the moment”.
    In the wake of last season’s Boris Godunov, celebrated director Ivo van Hove, accustomed to examining the political meaning of works, presents his second production for the Paris Opera. The star cast also includes Australia’s Nicole Car, Ain Anger, Jacquelyn Wagner and Philippe Sly.

    Captured live from Palais Garnier, Paris, 21 June 2019.
    Director: Ivo van Hove.
    Conductor: Phillipe Jordan.
    Cast: Étienne Dupuis, Nicole Car.
    Duration: approx. 3h40, incl. interval.
    Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 220 mins
  • Genre
  • Opera
  • Running Time
  • 220 minutes

 

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