Opera ballet

‘La Source’ by Jean-Guillaume Bart, from the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — A beautiful water fairy falls in love with a mortal, but this love leads her to death. Spirits watch humans mess around, sometimes intervening to benevolent effect. A magic flower makes people fall in love. Two women, one earthly and one spiritual, are potential companions for the mortal hero. Although aspects of these […]

Opera ballet

A proudly unsentimental Nutcracker at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — “The Nutcracker” isn’t a mandatory Christmas fare at the Paris Opera Ballet; it hasn’t been played here for five years. But this year, the staging of Rudolf Nureyev’s ballet is in full swing at the Opéra Bastille, although neither the decor nor the ballet are particularly festive. The Bastille theater is huge, cold […]