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Dante by Godard: new ‘French opera’ series CD-book

The most remarkable element of the opera is the integration of a ‘Vision’ that is nothing less than a synthesis of the Divine Comedy set to music. Its third act is built around a fantasy ‘Hell’ and ‘Paradise’, featuring an Apparition of Virgil, Chorus of the Damned, Infernal Whirlwind, Divine Radiance and Apotheosis of Beatrice. Godard is here at the peak of his melodic inspiration and compositional mastery, in a style that brings Gounod up to date and need not fear comparison with Massenet.

Mam’zelle Nitouche: from 14th to 20th 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.