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Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos

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Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Thursday March 28 2019

Conductor: Jérémie Rhorer. Production: Katie Mitchell, staged by Heather Fairbairn. Sets: Chloe Lamford. Costumes: Sarah Blenkinsop. Lighting: James Farncombe. Ariadne: Camilla Nylund. Bacchus: Roberto Saccà. Composer: Kate Lindsey. Zerbinetta: Olga Pudova. Harlequin: Huw Montague-Rendall. Brighella: Jonathan Abernethy. Scaramuccio: Emilio Pons. Truffaldino: David Shipley. Naiad: Beate Mordal. Dryad: Lucie Roche. Echo: Elena Galitskaya. Music master: Jean-Sébastien Bou. Dance master: Marcel Beekman. Officer: Petter Moen. Wigmaker: Jean-Christophe Lanièce. Major-Domo: Maik Solbach. Lackey: Guilhem Worms. Actors: Rainer Sievert, Anna Daria Fontane. Orchestre de chambre de Paris.

I started my recent article about Les Boréades in Dijon by writing “Rameau hasn’t been getting his due lately in Paris.” The same could, sadly, be said of Strauss, so I was glad to find Ariadne on the TCE’s schedule, ignored my misgivings at seeing who was…

Rameau - Les Boréades

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Opéra de Dijon - L’Auditorium, Dijon, Sunday March 24 2019

Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm. Production: Barrie Kosky. Sets and costumes: Katrin Lea Tag. Lighting: Franck Evin. Choreographie: Otto Pichler. Alphise: Hélène Guilmette. Sémire, Polymnie, Cupidon, Nymphe: Emmanuelle De Negri. Abaris: Mathias Vidal. Borée: Christopher Purves. Borilée: Yoann Dubruque. Adamas, Apollon: Edwin Crossley-Mercer. Calisis: Sébastien Droy. Dancers: Yacnoy Abreu Alfonso, Julie Dariosecq, Benjamin Dur, Anaëlle Echalier, Lazare Huet, Anna Konopska. Orchestra and chorus: Le Concert d’Astrée.

Rameau hasn’t been getting his due lately in Paris (or else I’ve been missing things, as I do). The last time I saw any staged was well over four years ago. So although this is a very busy period at work, when I saw Dijon, his home town, was putting on Les Boréades with what looked like a strong cast, I booked for the Sunday matinée. I’m glad I did, as this was one of the best Rameau productions I’ve seen.

I suppose I shou…