The innovation of the form of dance, as well as the technical artisitc terms of ballet were developed in Paris, France, and the Opera Paris became its traditions, heritages, and world performance leader results since the golden era of King Louis XIV [ Who was its first principal male dancer through the baller ' The Sun King ' a nickname likewise given to him later by the court Mistresses and Ladys at his court ] who its chief creator.
Thus we are now approaching this institutions 300 year birthday during 2013.
The Opéra National de Paris officially announces its 2012-13 season tomorrow. Under the continued direction of the hardly iconoclastic Nicolas Joel, it's not exciting reading.
The season is dominated by the Ring cycle, for which booking is already open, as previously mentioned.
Otherwise, there are new productions of Hansel & Gretel and La Gioconda (by Pier-Luigi Pizzi, with Violeta Urmana). Revivals are Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Capriccio, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Rake's Progress, La fille du régiment (Florez and Dessay in the Pelly production), Tosca, La cenerentola, Carmen (with Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role), Der Zwerg/L'enfant et les sortilèges, Khovanschina (Russian cast), Falstaff and Guilio Cesare.
*UPDATE* - the full details are now up on the ONP website.