Opera ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet opts for silence in the face of the resignation of Benjamin Millepied

Emphasis is also placed on the visual arts, with in particular a new work by the performer Tino Sehgal which takes over the public spaces of the Palais Garnier. A piece by Mr. Millepied involves a collaboration with French multimedia artist Philippe Parreno, and “Bolero”, by Mr. Cherkaoui and Mr. Jalet, returns to the repertoire, with a design by performance artist Marina Abramovic.

The American choreographer George Balanchine, less of an idol in France than in the United States, is represented by no less than five works, including a complete evening and the feature film “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, unpublished for the company. directory. For Mr. Millepied’s critics, the preponderance of Balanchine’s works represents his Americanization of the repertoire and his neglect of French choreographic heritage.

In an interview on Tuesday afternoon in his office at the Palais Garnier, Mr. Millepied defended his choices: “I have been mandated to bring new ballets and choreographers to the Paris Opera; I don’t see why I couldn’t present a season with a new repertoire. This does not mean that I would not have brought back certain ballets by French choreographers.

“I also want the dancers of the body to dance as much as possible,” he added, “and that’s what these Balanchine ballets give you.” What he has created is simply the best classical ballet of the 20th century that teaches you beautiful musicality, the art of partnership and gives you the ability to express who you are as a dancer.

Introducing Mr. Millepied at Wednesday’s press conference, Mr. Lissner said he wanted to emphasize that the projects they had developed together were an integral part of his continued vision for the Paris Opera as a whole, in particularly emphasizing the collaboration between opera and ballet. Next season, he said, choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker will conduct Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte,” performed by singers and dancers from the opera house and de Keersmaeker’s own company.

Mr. Lissner highlighted the scope of the opera over five centuries, from the French premiere of Cavalli’s “Eliogabalo” in 1667, staged by Mr. Jolly, to a commission from Mr. Francesconi, “Trompe la Mort”, directed by Guy Cassiers.

Notable directors include Mr. Tcherniakov for Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely seen “Snow Maiden” and Christoph Marthaler for Berg’s “Wozzeck”. Big stars are on the program, including Bryn Terfel and Marcelo Álvarez in “Tosca”, Sonya Yoncheva and Anna Netrebko in “Eugene Onegin”, Pretty Yende in “Lucia di Lammermoor”, René Pape and José van Dam in “The Magic Flute” , Jonas Kaufmann in “Lohengrin” and Roberto Alagna in “Carmen”.