November 20, 2009 |
Bodies in motion tend to remain in motion, but almost never with the heart-stirring beauty and grace on view in Frederick Wiseman's exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, "La Danse." Wiseman has been making his kind of quiet but potent documentaries for decades. "La Danse" is his 36th, following looks at institutions as varied as the Idaho state legislature, a Chicago public housing development and the Neiman Marcus department store. As a director, Wiseman's approach is unvarying.
November 27, 2008 |
Spain's Teatro Real opera house said Wednesday that Belgian musician Gerard Mortier would take over as its artistic director in just over a year. Mortier, 65, who currently runs the Paris Opera, will assume his new post in Madrid in January 2010, Teatro Real said. Mortier had been due to take over as general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera next season. But he pulled out early this month because the company failed to raise enough money to pay for his plans.
October 13, 2007 |
Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan has been named music director at the Opera National de Paris, filling a position that's been vacant since American James Conlon left in 2004 to join L.A. Opera. Jordan, 33, principal guest conductor at the Berlin Staatsoper, will join the Paris institution starting with the 2009-2010 season, the company said. The son of the late conductor Armin Jordan, Philippe Jordan has studied piano and violin as well as theory and composition.
April 11, 2006 |
From the moment Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin" (Love From Afar) premiered at the Salzburg Festival six years ago, the wondrous medieval romance has seemed a charmed opera. But not so her second opera, "Adriana Mater," in which love is now up close and nasty. This time, Saariaho did not set out to charm, nor could much about this month's belated "Adriana" premiere by the Paris Opera be called charmed.
November 6, 2005 |
AS a ballet composer, Sergei Prokofiev is best known for "Romeo and Juliet," "Cinderella" and "The Prodigal Son." But three recent releases on DVD feature three of the world's greatest companies performing lesser-known full-evening works by him.
January 30, 2005 |
Nobody writes songs about January in Paris. It's cold and bleak, and the impenetrable rain clouds make 8 a.m. as dark as midnight. It's perfect weather for going to the movies, which is what I do. But I also go to the movies in Paris in April, May and June, when the weather is as seductive and beguiling as Bardot in her prime. I've gone right from the airport to this city's theaters after sampling half a hundred films in 10 days at the exhausting Cannes Film Festival.