2 Bouffes en 1 acte: 11 and 12 January in Venice
Les Deux Aveugles (1855) by Offenbach
Le Compositeur toqué (1854) by Hervé
It might be hard to believe that one-act operas and operettas represent almost two-thirds of the repertory of French musical theatre in the Romantic period, so rarely are they performed nowadays. These pieces, intended for the use of small theatres with often limited financial resources, were subject to the proscriptions of a law of 1807: no more than two or three characters on stage, no chorus, no ballet . . . But Hervé and Offenbach – past masters in the art of getting round prohibitive regulations – managed to make the most of these limitations by getting the audience to imagine what they could not show.
The Resurrection of Le Tribut de Zamora by Charles Gounod
28 January 2018 – Prinzregententheater, Munich
The Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, under the direction of Hervé Niquet, will revive Gounod’s last opera, Le Tribut de Zamora. This veritable epic typical of the tradition of French grand opéra sweeps the spectator off on a journey through the history of tenth-century Spain and enables the composer to enlarge his palette. This modern premiere of the work in concert will also be recorded for a world premiere release in the ‘French Opera’ series of CD-books.
Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde: 29, 30 and 31 December at the Théâtre de Caen
Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde (1866) by Hervé
Opéra-bouffe in three acts
Version for 13 singers and 12 instrumentalists
Les Chevaliers de la Table ronde (The Knights of the Round table) is the first of Hervé’s great operettas, with which he launched the cycle of his four masterpieces (followed by L’Œil crevé, Chilpéric and Le Petit Faust). Rather than narrating the well-known adventures of Lancelot and Merlin, the opera stages an imaginary world rich with allusions to an enchanted Middle Ages.
Mam’zelle Nitouche: from 14 to 20 December at the Théâtre Graslin (Nantes – France)
Mam’zelle Nitouche (1883) by Hervé
Vaudeville-opérette in three acts and four tableaux
Even though it is not Hervé’s final composition, Mam’zelle Nitouche may be regarded as his musical testament, or at least his crowning achievement. The work, whose subject was based on the composer’s own life – a convent organist becomes a man of the theatre and composer of light music once night has fallen – skilfully blends the comic tone of the post-1870 period (as found in Lecocq, in particular), the spirit of café-concert revues and the breathless rhythm of the spoken theatre inherited from Labiche.
First concert live broadcasted on Bru Zane Classical Radio
Tonight, tune in to Bru Zane Classical Radio and listen to ‘Antoine Reicha’ a recital by the pianist Ivan Ilić, broadcast live from the Palazzetto Bru Zane!
⏰ Thursday 28 September at 8 p.m. on the dot!
2 Bouffes en 1 acte: 6 and 7 October at La Ferme du Buisson (France)
Le Compositeur toqué (1854)
Les Deux Aveugles (1855)
This incredibly amusing and inventive repertory never fails to involve its spectators, so that auditorium and stage combine to celebrate in unison the ‘esprit de Paris’, halfway between bawdy comedy and surrealistic situations.
New ‘Portraits’ series CD-book: Félicien David
The ‘Portrait’ of Félicien David (1810-1876) aims to complement the discography already available with world premiere recordings of the composer’s works: the Symphony no. 3, the Overture to his opéra-comique La Perle du Brésil, the ode-symphonie Christophe Colomb (1847), Le Jugement dernier (the concluding apotheosis of the opera Herculanum), the Mélodies orientales for solo piano, the very rare early motets for chorus in varied scorings…
Festival Ravel – from 27 August to 17 September 2017
The Palazzetto Bru Zane and the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, continue for the third season their partnership focusing on tuition of the French Romantic repertory. Pronunciation and a feeling for theatre à la française for singers, and the notion of a ‘stylistic school’ for the instrumentalists, form the programme for the individual classes, masterclasses and lectures offered (in public) to the young musicians participating in the 2017 edition. Discover all the Ravel Festival events.
Interruption of guided tours throughout August
Free guided tours of the Palazzetto Bru Zane are interrupted throughout the month of August due to the summer break. They will resume from Thursday 7th September.
New season 2017-2018
Discover all the activities of the new season 2017-2018 on the web site or read our brochure online (French version).
New CD release: “Visions”
After an album of French songs ‘Néère’ that earned her a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera.
With the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Hervé Niquet
5th edition of the Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane in Paris
Discover all the programming of the 5th edition of the Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane in Paris.