Opera / Ballet / Theatre

Iolanta/The Nutcracker

   Directed for the stage by Dmitri Tcherniakov, this exceptional program combines all the talents of the Paris Opera and offers an opera and a ballet in a single evening: Tchaikovsky originally intended Iolanta and The Nutcracker to be staged together. However, since their debut performance at Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1892, they have been presented separately.

   The composer found inspiration for his opera in Danish playwright Henrik Hertz’s work recounting the romantic story of Iolanta, the blind daughter of King René. Protected by her father in his Provençal château, the princess ultimately regains her sight before marrying the gallant knight Vaudémont.

   The Nutcracker is based on a tale by Hoffmann adapted by Alexandre Dumas. This “fairy-tale ballet” recounts the adventures of young Clara one Christmas night, during which the nutcracker she has been given leads her into a magical world.

   In collaboration with stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov and conduc- tor Alain Altinoglu, three choreographers - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Edouard Lock and Arthur Pita - will each work on a specific passage of the ballet. The role of Iolanta will be sung by Sonya Yoncheva and the Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet will perform The Nutcracker.

   Like a two-sided mirror reflecting the dreams of a composer who took refuge in the realms of the imaginary, the Paris Opera is reviving the original diptych. Alain Altinoglu conducts and Dmitri Tcherniakov stages this production that symbolizes the link between opera and ballet.

Total Running Time: 255 min

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 Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm

Die Entführung                  aus dem Serail

   At a period when the influence of the Ottoman Empire on its Austrian neighbor lent a certain Turkish flavor to Viennese life, Mozart drew upon Turkish exoticism to create a playful tale of capture and escape, exploring the humanist values of tolerance and fidelity in love and celebrating human goodness.

   Die Entführung aus dem Serail was written at the order of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. For source material, Mozart turned to a popular farce of his day about two pairs of European lovers, one noble and the other their servants, who are trying to escape from the harem of a Turkish pasha and his amusingly sleazy overseer.

 Opera in 3 acts; Sung in German with English Subtitles.

Samson et Dalila

   Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic opera.  An enchanting yet treacherous beauty… When the thunder at last rumbles, Dalila betrays Samson and offers him up to his enemies. Based on a violent and erotic biblical story, Saint-Saëns’s opera – composed in 1877, much to Liszt’s insistence – would not be performed at the Palais Garnier until fifteen years later. This first Parisian performance in 1892 included the hitherto unperformed “Dance Of The Priestesses”.

   Nevertheless, it became one of the most performed French operas in the world, together with Faust and Carmen. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this new production brings back a repertoire masterpiece that has not been performed at the Paris Opera for twenty-five years. Ever sensational as a femme fatale, Anita Rachvelishvili plays the murderous Priestess in a production staged by Damiano Michieletto.

Total Running Time: 170 min

 Opera in 3 acts; Sung in French with English Subtitles.

 Thursday, December 29th at 6:30 pm


 Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 pm


  Giacomo Puccini's Tosca is melodrama at its purest, a festival of lush melodies and dramatic outbursts that remains one of this composer's most popular works to this day. It is also a genuine "action opera," a realistic crime story, complete with torture, betrayal, murder, sex and suicide. And in the production from the Zurich Opera presented here, it is a gripping, heart-stopping psychosexual study of three tragically and fatally interwoven figures.

Total Running Time: 125 min

 Opera in 3 acts; Sung in Italian with English Subtitles.

 Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 pm

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