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Gounod's Mireille" à Paris
« on: September 17, 2009, 12:10:34 PM »

Last Tuesday : Palais Garnier opening night with "Mireille".

Opening the 2009-2010 opera season, the Paris Opera's first-ever production of Charles Gounod's Mireille, based on Provencal poet Frédéric Mistral's epic poem of star-crossed love, conducted by Marc Minkowski and staged by the Opera's new managing director Nicolas Joel. Albanian-born French soprano Inva Mula takes the title role, American tenor Charles Castronovo is her beloved. A highly anticipated production, advertised across Paris with posters proclaiming "Enfin Mireille" ("Mireille at last"). Not to be missed.

Palais Garnier, Place de l'Opéra, 1st, Métro: Opéra., from abroad +


It was really lovely - rather "old fashioned" and a bit stiff compared to other contemporary settings ( and the story is ...religioso-melodrammatico) - but it worked and I was moved.


The first performance of Charles Gounod's Mireille will take place on September 14th 2009. To celebrate the event, the Paris Opera and the French National Library are organising a joint exhibition, Gounod, Mireille and opera, to coincide with the performances scheduled at the Palais Garnier. The exhibition will be held in the Opera's Library-Museum (BMO). Through nearly one hundred costumes, sketches, prints, photographs and objects conserved at the BMO, the exhibition presents the composer, his operas and his art, which the composer himself compared to that of the portrait artist : "(Dramatic art) must translate characters just as a painter reproduces a face or an attitude." Generous loans from the Museon Arlaten in Arles, the Comédie-Française's Bibliothèque-musée, the Museum of Music, the Musée municipal of Saint Cloud, the Musée Ingres of Montauban and the National Centre for Stage Costumes in Moulins highlight the important position occupied by Gounod in the musical world of the Second Empire and his role in the renovation of French opera of the second half of the 19th century.


Commissariat : Mathias Auclair, conservateur à la Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra, et Christophe Ghristi, directeur de la dramaturgie à l'Opéra national de Paris. Le catalogue de l’exposition sera inclus dans le programme que l’Opéra national de Paris éditera pour les représentations.
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