Sunday, September 30, 2012

Opera Paris 300th year birthday during 2013.

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.

Archive News: Paris Opera Restaurant : Awaited for 136 Years, Paris Opera Restaurant is Finally Ready to Open Its Doors

After three attempts, since 1875, the long awaited Opera Garnier restaurant is finally ready to open its doors this next June 27, under the management of Pierre François Blanc. Numerous Chef names have been circulating around this subject, as it was a very coveted post.

Paris, France, June 02, 2011 --( Deliberately kept secret until the last minute, the chosen Chef who will sign the menu is the two star awarded Chef, Christophe Aribert. He has been working for the last thirtheen years near Grenoble, at the restaurant "Les Terrasses," in Uriage, where he discovered his true passionate talent for gastronomy.

Authenticity, strictness, creativity, perfection, these are words that define the very personal work of Christophe Aribert.

Christophe Aribert, two star Chef : "To this day, the general public doesn't know me a lot because I have always, voluntarily, kept away from the media. I am someone who is passionate and discreet. Accepting the L’Opéra Restaurant, is no trivial matter: it is associating my work to a highly Cultural place, to a building classified within the French national heritage. It makes a lot of sense. I am very enthusiastic about the idea of being the first to write a menu in a place so charged with history."

Pierre François Blanc, restaurant owner: "During the course of our quest for a chef, we had great encounters throughout France. But it is Christophe Aribert who seduced us with his approach to cuisine, both classic and contemporary, in perfect harmony with the spirit that we want for this unique restaurant."

A team at Paris Opéra

To elaborate the menu, he has worked, in collaboration with the Executive Chef Yann Tanneau (Castel Beau Site, Mama Shelter), Sous-Chef Didier Quennouelle (Royal Mirage, Le Fouquet’s) and the Pastry Chef Hervé Moreau (Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Rostang), who will form the heart of the L’Opéra team.

A classic and contemporary menu

Together, they have elaborated the future restaurant menu, in the image of spatial architecture, where the contemporary forms imagined by architect Odile Decq respond to the conventional forms of Charles Garnier.

The menu will be adapted in the form of classic dishes which will respond to the other imagined and well-thought out dishes, in a resolutely creative style, like the dessert Opéra which will be reinvented around the honey that is harvested on its roofs.

Around the bar the cocktail list will follow the same adaptation. Here, as well, the very classic “Martini Charles” responds to the surprising and disconcerting “Phantom by Martini.”

An architectural place

On the architectural side, the place has been designed by French architect Odile Decq. The restaurant room is located behind the pillars of the eastern facade. The project answer to very high stresses protection related to the historical monument character.

The restaurant's facade undulates like a simple veil of glass placed behind the pillars. No visible structure, only a simple steel blade holds the totally transparent glass in place, as by magic.

Inside, a mezzanine was designed as a kind of vessel slipped beneath the dome. Its curves refer to the shape of a fluid ghost. The space is open and opens the view to the outside.

The red down the steps of the staircase so theatrical and spread across the black soil.

Everything is made ​​here to describe the quality of the restaurant located in the Opera Garnier, without mimicking the existing architecture, respecting it but actually affirming its contemporary character.

Paris Opéra is a place of quality and high prestige and its restaurant will be the same.

The L’Opéra restaurant will be accessible to everyone, directly from Place Jacques Rouché, every day of the week, from 7am until midnight.

Behind the Chefs, a whole team is being set up. Recruitment for the dining room and the kitchen is taking place now and those interested can apply via

Place Jacques Rouché
75009 Paris

Opening : June 2011
A la carte is around 60 euros (starter + main dish+ dessert)

For additional information please contact :
Virginie Degraeve
Port : +33 6 65 95 23 17

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The Palais Garnier was inaugurated on January 5, 1875. Since its opening, Charles Garnier, the architect, envisioned the creation of a restaurant. His project was not realized due to lack of funds.

Two other attempts were made by theatre directors, in 1973 by Rolf Liebermann, followed in 1992 by Pierre Bergé, but these did not see the light of day due to similar reasons.

In March 2007, the current director, Gérard Mortier, in the face of international competition of opera houses and with a willingness to bring opera to new audiences, decided to re-launch the project through an invitation to tender.

After 16 months of negotiations, the presented project by Pierre François Blanc was accepted by the Opera on July 1st, 2008.

After a year of preparations, the architectural project of Odile Decq has received appraisal from the National Commission of Historic Monuments on June 15, 2009.

The restaurant will be situated at street level, Place Jacques Rouché, at the crossing of rue Halévy and rue Gluck, in a space denominated "Rotonde des abonnés."

The project, which started in the summer of 2010, will end on June 27, 2011, allowing the dining room of the restaurant to open its doors, continuing the history of the Palais Garnier, after 136 years of waiting.

Thus begins the story of one of the most long awaited restaurants of all time.


Paris Opera Ballet will be joining in the birthday celebrations..........

Artists of The Australian Ballet in Etudes. Photography by Georges Antoni
The Australian Ballet are delighted to announce even more sparkling international guest artists for its 50th anniversary gala, which opens on October 31 at Arts Centre Melbourne for five performances only. The company’s actual 50th birthday is on Friday 2 November.
The world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet will be joining in the birthday celebrations, sending Principal Artist Dorothée Gilbert and Stéphane Bullion to dance the dynamic Don Quixote pas de deux.
Also on the bill is San Francisco Ballet Principal Artist Damian Smith. Born in New South Wales with Indigenous heritage, Smith joined San Francisco Ballet in 1996 and became a principal artist in 2001. He will partner The Australian Ballet’s Amber Scott in Christopher Wheeldon’s heartbreaking After the Rain©.
The third guest announcement is American Ballet Theatre Principal Artist Julie Kent. She was promoted to principal artist in 1993 and in 2000 won the Prix Benois de la Danse, a prize awarded to the best dancer in the world by an international panel, an award also bestowed on her ABT colleague and fellow gala guest David Hallberg. Kent will dance the bedroom pas de deux from Manon with The Australian Ballet’s Adam Bull.
Joining these beautiful artists on the bill will be dancers from some of the world’s top dance companies, including Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet, The Tokyo Ballet and National Ballet of China.
A special post-performance party will be held in honour of the company’s actual birthday on November 2. This event will take place in the National Gallery of Victoria’s Great Hall. Tickets are available for purchase to audiences who attend any of the five gala performances.
The gala has been generously supported by a $400,000 donation from the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust.
The artistic director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, said the gala would be an unforgettable season of world-class ballet. “It’s an incredible line-up we’ve assembled from all over the world; we’re thrilled to have artists from Paris Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi, American Ballet Theatre … the list goes on! It’s the best 50th birthday present we could have, and it’s our gift back to Australian audiences who will be blown away by this once-in-a-lifetime season of ballet.”
The Australian Ballet will perform Harald Lander’s Etudes, last staged by the company in 2001. A homage to the humble daily act of class, the work builds as the entire ensemble of dancers perfect their technique and dazzle with their unity of purpose. A stark yet striking work in a palette of black and white, this work impresses with its simple façade masking technically demanding choreography.
The festivities continue offstage and throughout the birthday weekend, with the free Ballet & Fashion exhibition opening on November 3 at the NGV.
It’s been 50 years of beauty and ballet – don’t miss this special moment from The Australian Ballet.
Tickets available now through the Australian Ballet’s website or 1300 369 741.
Company The Australian Ballet
Performed by Artists of The Australian Ballet
Work Etudes
Choreography Harald Lander
Music Knudåge Riisager (after music by Carl Czerny)
Company American Ballet Theatre / Bolshoi Ballet
Performed by David Hallberg
Work Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux [please note Balanchine spelling]
Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music Piotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky
Company American Ballet Theatre
Performed by Julie Kent
Work Manon excerpt
Choreography Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Music Jules Massenet
Company National Ballet of China
Performed by Zhu Yan and Sun Ruichen
Work Giselle excerpt
Choreography TBC
Music Adolphe Adam
Company Paris Opera Ballet
Performed by Dorothée Gilbert and Stéphane Bullion
Work Don Quixote excerpt
Choreography Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa
Music Ludwig Minkus orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Company The Tokyo Ballet
Performed by Mizuka Ueno and Kazuo Kimura
Work Carmen excerpt
Choreography Albert Alonso
Music Rodion Schedrin
Company San Francisco Ballet
Performed by Damian Smith
Work After the Rain© excerpt
Choreography Christopher Wheeldon
Music Arvo Pärt
Company Stuttgart Ballet
Performed by Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo
Work Little Monsters
Choreography Demis Volpi
Music Elvis Presley
The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary international gala is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-China Council and the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
*Management reserves the right to alter such details of this season as may become necessary. Cast subject to change due to illness or any unavoidable cause.

Ballet: Paris Opera Ballet's Giselle

Theater - Ballet: Paris Opera Ballet's Giselle a sample story bi - line of how Paris and its Paris Opera section goes one International tours in the performance field of ballet.

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Making a rare international appearance--on their first American tour in more than a decade--Paris Opera Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 1993 with six performances of the beloved ballet Giselle, one of the great creations in the history of the Paris Opera Ballet. First performed in 1841, Giselle remains the quintessential romantic ballet, not only virtuoso, but also mysterious, gentle, and melancholy. Carlotta Grisi, who both inspired and created the role, was the first to bring her supernatural touch of lightness to the myth, carried away by Adolphe Adam's score. Choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, this same company, nearly two centuries later, performs it unlike any other.
Considered to be one of the world's finest ensembles, the ballet is run by the grande dame of French dance, Brigitte Lefèvre, who is herself a product of the Paris Opera Ballet School and a former member of the corps. The company's origins can be traced back to 1661 with the foundation of the Académie Royale de Danse and the Ballet de l'Opéra (1713) by King Louis XIV of France. Its repertoire is extensive, ranging from the major romantic and classical ballets to creations by contemporary choreographers.

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