Pont Croix, chamber music at its best

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It was a magical evening thanks to the talent of very young musicians and the energy of Yves Petit de Voize. Brittany was warmer than ever and we had spent the day watching antique boats crossing from Brest to Douarnenez. The old Collégiale of Pont Croix, population 1 500, was packed with music lovers. And the Hermès quartet and French … Read More

Anna Karenine at Théâtre de la Tempête

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French newspapers are full of Golshifteh Farahani, the 32 year old Iranian actress who had to leave her country four years ago, in order to be free on screen. She was in Cannes for the film festival and spoke about Jim Jarmush’s « Paterson » in which she acts, she is on French screens in « Les Malheurs de Sophie … Read More

Sabine Devieilhe, a total star in Somnambula

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There are magical evenings that one only lives through a few times in one’s life and Monday night at Théâtre des Champs Elysées was one of them. My good friend Sophie de Ségur, who knows the opera world in and out, had warned me : do not miss Sabine Devieilhe’s « Somnambula » in April, she is a major singer ! And so obediently, … Read More

Soprano Chirara Skerath, a revelation

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There is something magical about discovering a new voice in a very intimate space. Twenty eight year old soprano Chiara Skerath was singing melodies by Poulenc and Reynaldo Hahn, Schubert and Ottorino Respighi at Eléphant Paname, a private house for the arts, on rue Volney in Paris. These evenings for 110 guests are organized  by former tenor Richard Plaza and … Read More

A concert from another time

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  There are still some genuine music lovers and dedicated artists in Paris, and my evening at Atelier von Nagel in the 11 th arrondissement was living proof of it. When I came out of the metro station, Rue des Boulets, and asked my way to 20 rue Bouvier, a nice lady with a stick, told me « we are … Read More

Bryan Hymel, a Parisian triumph

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Discovering a new singer is not always easy nor pleasant, but hearing American tenor Bryan Hymel for the first time in the Grandes Voix series, at Théâtre des Champs Elysées last night, was so exciting that my heart was beating hard and so was the whole theater’s. People stood up and gave him a triumphal ovation for ten minutes at … Read More

A Happening at Opéra comique

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Sunday night is not my favorite evening to go out but the association of artist Christian Boltanski and Jean Kalman, the most brilliant lighting engineer alive, made it a must to attend « Pleine Nuit », a performance at Opéra Comique, which is under works until 2017. Described as an « Errance poétique et musicale dans le chantier de l’Opéra … Read More

An evening at Radio France

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It was a chilly Sunday night and security was high at the Radio France auditorium, a definitely beautiful concert hall. And I could not have been happier to hear James Conlon conduct the Orchestre National de France in Johannes Brahms and Dvorak.